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More than half of all working women would rather be housewives - study

More than 100 years after the first wave of feminism that arose at the turn of the 19th century, most women in the workplace would rather be housewives and let the man take care business in the home as they hold the fort at home and raise children, according to a recent Gallup Poll.

Housewife with her kids

The poll shows that 56% of women in the U.S. with children under the age of 18, would prefer to stay home over going to work, which comes as a shock because ordinarily that would seem like it is disempowering in an age where women-empowerment is all the rage.

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The poll also noted that 39% of women without children under the age of 18 said they wanted the role of homemaker, meaning that a huge number of women would be comfortable living life as housewives.

Which begs the question; what has feminism achieved all these years? A deeper question is, Who are feminists even fighting for if most women would rather look after the home instead of "conquering the world"?

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Feminism has posited over the years that having women stay home and look after the kids is disempowering.

Gallup says in the late 1990’s to early 2000’s, more than half of women would have chosen to work outside the home, if given the chance. But the numbers flipped back to what we see today. It shows an idealism and desire that turned to action and got swiftly booted in the kneecaps by reality.

Women love to take care of the home, clearly. For many of them, staying home is their desire. But today's society is structured in such a way that mothers are more incentivised to leave the home and hustle at the same standard as the husbands rather than rewarding them for staying to keep the home sane. In the end, a mother is NOT really doing the mothering but rather delegating it to other people while she does some sort of husbanding of some sort.

One might be right to assume that this arrangement throws the whole family into chaos because all of a sudden, division of labor between the man and the woman disappears and causes power-fights.

So would you rather grow your career or grow the next generation?

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