The Second Shift

July 17, 2013

The Second Shift refers to the idea that many women actually have two jobs: their job for pay, and then their job of wife and mother within the home. The second shift specifically refers to women needing to come home after work to do household chores – laundry, cooking, childcare, etc. This blog so far has looked at the ramifications of women’s work, and how paid and unpaid work jostle for attention in a woman’s life. The second shift is the culmination of all of these ideas. Which is more important, her duty as wage earner or her role as wife and mother?

Sources for this series:

Hall, Francine S., and Douglas T. Hall. The Two-career Couple. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Pub., 1979. Print.

 Hochschild, Arlie Russell, and Anne Machung. The Second Shift: Working Parents and the Revolution at Home. New York, NY: Viking, 1989. Print.
Hood, Jane C. Becoming a Two-job Family. New York, NY: Praeger, 1983. Print.

 Librarian Karen. “Not a Happy Housewife: Why I Don’t Relate to TV Commercials.” Gender Focus. N.p., 19 Jan. 2013. Web. 17 July 2013.

Strasser, Annie-Rose. “More Women Are Breadwinners, But They Still Can’t Get Out Of The Kitchen.” Think Progress. Think Progress, 25 June 2012. Web. 17 July 2013.
 Woloch, Nancy. Women And the American Experience. 4th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005. Print.

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