Is a woman's place still in the home?: gender-role attitudes and women's position in the South African labour market

SOURCE: South African Social Attitudes: family matters: family cohesion, values and strengthening to promote wellbeing
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2019
TITLE AUTHOR(S): F.Timol, I.Lynch, T.Morison
SOURCE AUTHOR(S): Z.Mokomane, B.Roberts, J.Struwig, S.Gordon
KEYWORDS: GENDER EQUALITY, LABOUR MARKET, SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIAL ATTITUDES SURVEY (SASAS), WOMEN
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11299
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/15249

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Abstract

This chapter investigates South Africans' attitudes towards women's employment, drawing on the SASAS data related to women's economic participation and the gendered division of labour within heterosexual households. In the sections that follow, we give an overview of changes in women's participation in the labour force in South Africa, discuss feminist literature about the gendered division of labour, and review available studies exploring shifts in attitudes towards women's economic and domestic involvement over time and across different country contexts. Against this backdrop, we then present our findings of South African society's attitudes regarding women's economic participation and caregiving roles. The analysis is based on two sets of items; the first captures attitudes towards women's employment in relation to their parenting role, while the second centres on attitudes toward working mothers with young children. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the results and recommendations for family-related policy and interventions.