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Gendered TrajectoriesWomen, Work, and Social Change in Japan and Taiwan$
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Wei-hsin Yu

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760096

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760096.001.0001

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Challenges from the Home Front

Challenges from the Home Front

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(p.93) Chapter Five Challenges from the Home Front
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Gendered Trajectories
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804760096.003.0005

This chapter discusses childcare options, maternal obligations, and women's domestic responsibilities. Using aggregate statistics and qualitative data, it shows that the greater conflict between family and job responsibilities Japanese women experience also arises from their family's higher demand for their time and labor. An examination of the historical changes in family spending, gender attitudes, and child-rearing time suggests that the differing job demands and workplace atmosphere for women are primarily responsible for the different rates at which women's employment behaviors change between Japan and Taiwan. Shifts in female employment behavior can nevertheless lead to other societal transformations that have reciprocal effects on women's employment.

Keywords:   women' s domestic responsibilities, Japanese women, Taiwanese women, maternal obligations, family spending, gender attitudes, child-rearing time

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