Women Achieving Justice

Men have always been the more dominant in the past, whether it be in the workforce or at home. Women have faced many problems, for e.g. discrimination. Many laws have been passed to help women achieve equality and fairness in various areas of life.

Historical roles and attitudes-
Social attitudes can be described as (definition). These attitudes meant that women only have a short amount of time of paid employment; as soon as they are married they fulfil the role of a housewife. Men are the more dominant in the home and they are the ones which work. The position of women in society is subservience and powerlessness. Women’s working lives involved domestic duties such as rearing children, preparing food, cleaning etc.
Most women are left to care for their children, cook and clean. They are left dependent on their male partners. They have no say and are given instructions of what to do.

In the past 120 years there have been many periods of time during World War 2 when women have had to take on non-tradition jobs due to the shortage of men in the home front. This was due to the Second World War. The jobs women took on were: farmers, factory workers and maintaining productivity at home. Even though these jobs were tough for women they were also liberating, reason being they understood and found out what jobs and conditions were out of the normal household jobs.

In 1945 the Australian Women’s Charter document, was considered as a ‘landmark manifesto’ of Australian feminism. The document contained 23 objectives such as the establishment of national network of child care centres, and equal pay.
Feminism is known as the advocacy of rights for women on the basis of the equality of men and women.

During the years of 1960’ and 70’s women started questioning as to why they did not have the same rights as men. They questioned their secondary status and they got the result they wanted. Later on important legislation such as the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), the...