Why Do Women Do the Lion’s Share of Housework?

Question 1 (Reading)

Read the following article:

Lachance-Grzela, M. & Bouchard, G. (2010). Why Do Women Do the Lion’s Share of Housework? A Decade of Research. Sex Roles, 63(11), pp. 767-780. https://doi-org.ezproxy.library.uvic.ca/10.1007/s11199-010-9797-z

  1. In your own words, what are the 3 most important concepts, ideas or issues in the reading? Briefly explain why you chose them.

Concept 1 (In your own words) (2 marks):

Concept 2 (In your own words) (2 marks):

Concept 3 (In your own words) (2 marks):

  • What are 2 concepts, ideas or issues in the article that you had difficulty understanding, or that are missing but should have been included? In your own words, briefly explain what you did to correct the situation (e.g. looked up an unfamiliar word or a missing fact), and the result. Cite any sites or sources used in APA format.

Issue 1 (In your own words) (1 mark):

Citation 1 (in APA format) (1 mark):

Issue 2 (In your own words) (1 mark):

Citation 2 (in APA format) (1 mark)

  • What is the main economic story of the reading? (Economics studies the allocation of scarce resources.)

Story (In your own words) (2 marks):

Question 2 (Regular)

In the article you were asked to read for Question 1, four main theories were advanced for the gendered division of housework:

  • Relative Resources
  • Time Availability
  • Gender Ideology
  • Macro-Level Factors

The reasons why women have historically done most of the housework are complicated. If you had to pick just ONE of the four theories to describe why Canadian women did most of the housework in the time period studied in this course (1890 to 1920), which would you choose, and why? Give at least one specific example from the readings or lectures to back up your reasoning.

i. Theory Chosen (No marks, just so the TA knows what they’re looking at)

ii. Reasoning (for full marks, explain why you think this is a better explanation than the other three theories).

iii. Example (cite the source of the example in APA format). For full marks, don’t just list the example, but explain how it connects to your chosen theory.

Question 3 (Challenge)

Read: THE POTLATCH AS FRACTIONAL RESERVE BANKING

  1. In your own words, what are the 3 most important concepts, ideas or issues in the reading? Briefly explain why you chose them.

Concept 1 (In your own words) (2 marks):

Concept 2 (In your own words) (2 marks):

Concept 3 (In your own words) (2 marks):

  • What are 2 concepts, ideas or issues in the article that you had difficulty understanding, or that are missing but should have been included? In your own words, briefly explain what you did to correct the situation (e.g. looked up an unfamiliar word or a missing fact), and the result. Cite any sites or sources used in APA format.

Issue 1 (In your own words) (1 mark):

Citation 1 (in APA format) (1 mark):

Issue 2 (In your own words) (1 mark):

Citation 2 (in APA format) (1 mark)

  • What is the main economic story of the reading? (Economics studies the allocation of scarce resources.)

Story (In your own words) (2 marks):

Question 4

Read:

Lowe, G. S. (1980). Women, Work and the Office: The Feminization of Clerical Occupations in Canada, 1901-1931. The Canadian Journal of Sociology, 5(4), pp. 361-381. Retrieved from https://www-jstor-org.ezproxy.library.uvic.ca/stable/3340370

Only a Working Girl: (p.66-77)

The Lowe article mentions four theoretical perspectives that may help explain the feminization of bank clerks in Canada: the consumer choice model, the reserve army of labour model, the demand model and the segmentation model. Based on what you have read, how well do each of these perspectives explain the experience of women bank clerks in Canada from 1913 to 1921?

i. (2 marks) The consumer choice model:

ii. (2 marks) The reserve army of labour model:

iii. (2 marks) The demand model:

iv. (2 marks) The segmentation model:

v. (2 marks) Which of the four models do you think best explains the experience of Canadian women bank clerks from 1913 to 1921, and why?

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