A Woman's Identity

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A Woman's Identity

Women lose their identity as soon as they get married and

begin a family. Every little girl dreams of getting married and

raising a family, because this is what women are taught to seek

at an early age. When a woman achieves this goal, she loses her

identity due to the many roles that she is now forced to play.

Once married, a woman is expected to be a mother, nurturer,

housekeeper, teacher, doctor, cook, chauffeur, and more

increasingly, a career woman. Women are forced to carry out

these roles because of society's traditional view of the role

women should play, and young women are pressured to follow in

their mother's footsteps. Because a woman's life revolves around

her children and husband, her responsibilities are never far from

thought. Consequently, women lose their identity because they

are so caught up in being a wife and mother that they no longer

have time to pursue their own desires and goals.

Women are increasingly becoming career women, while raising

a family at the same time. Despite the fact that women have the

job of raising their family, many women also have full time

careers because the extra income is often needed in the family.

Some men criticize women for trying to act too much like men, but

women are being forced by society to move between the traditional

definitions of male and female roles, because of the many

different tasks they have to carry out from day to day. For

example, in order for women to enter the "male" world of work,

they have to obtain "masculine" traits and leave their "feminine"

traits at home.

Bearing children is expected in today's society, because

nurturing and child care are viewed as feminine traits. Women

are conditioned at a young...