am Ana May Abutas from the Philippines and pursuing
my Masters' Degree in Literature and I am working
on a paper that deals with the comparison of the
status of married Filipino women today and that
of married American women.
is the status of married American women
today? Are they contented with their roles
as wife and mother? I would appreciate it very
much if you can provide me information regarding
Thank you and more power.
question is such a difficult one to answer because
I think it depends on each individual woman. By
far the majority of American women still get married
-- and in many instances remarried. I don't know
if this is so much because women -- or men --
"want" to get married, but there is still so much
societal pressure to do so. It's what defines
your relationship. And not being married, I can
personally tell you that it is certainly a challenge
to legitimize your relationship in other people's
minds if you aren't married -- it somehow is a
mark. That said, I can tell you that many people
are still critical of it as an institution --
and some challenge that by not getting married.
Others try to change it from within. Personally,
I can't say that people are happier being wives
and mothers than not -- I think it does depend
on the individual and on the individual relationship.
However, there is a presumption that people should
be happier in relationships -- married relationships.