7. Women and Work
* * * * * * * * * * by Selvi Varathappan Dyck, * * * * * * * * * *
Evelyn Battell, Janet
THIS CHAPTER is based on an original draft by Selvi Varathappan Dyck; since she was unable to complete the work, the other authors have revised it and added additional material.
Women sometimes restrict their range of occupational choices unnecessarily because they may explore only traditionally female occupations. This chapter highlights the possibility of expanding women's occupational vistas rather than narrowing their opportunities by excluding certain work. The question of women and work is also interesting to women who are not seeking employment. The chapter challenges learners to consider some widely held beliefs about women working.
A. Hands and Skills
1. Analyze ordinary tasks
* Ask learners to describe all the things they do in a day, perhaps suggesting "cooking breakfast" and "taking children to school" if they seem to have difficulty getting started.
* After this list has been completed, ask learners to reflect upon (and start to analyze) the skills needed in order to accomplish these tasks.
* Ask learners to think of all the things they do with their hands - from stirring pots to writing letters, brushing teeth and hair, changing diapers, driving cars, wrapping parcels, finding coins for machines.
* Write a list of everything they suggest on a flip chart.
* Gather as many magazines as you can and invite learners to create collages featuring hands. They can work independently or together.
* When the collages have been finished, ask learners to write something in response to the topic - poems, journal writings, personal recollections. The only requirement here is to think about how hands are used to accomplish many, many things.