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Stephanie Bock Read and Review Articles Current Perspectives on Dual-Career Families by Lucia Albino Gilbert Section 26 1 November 2000 A dual-career family as described by the Rapoports is an unusual and revolutionary type of dual-wage heterosexual family that emerged as a result of complete social changes In this type of family situation the man and woman both pursue separate careers of their own while maintaining their marriage and sometimes adding children The dual-career family is considered to break down gender roles and bring equality between the sexes The man is no longer considered the bread winner and household tasks are generally shared by both sexes In theory both husband and wife are equal but in reality they are not This article provides a broad overview on current working men and women and provides facts and figures on dual-career family relationships Currently opportunities for men and women both educationally and occupationally are equal Most men and women between the ages of 25 and 29 have four or more years of college under their belts and are employed full-time The opportunity for women to use their education is much easier today than in previous years Many occupations that were available mainly to men are open to women as well Such fields include the medical field law and University teaching Because of new opportunities and dual-career families many married women who are mothers have joined the work force This could also be due to the fact that women are associating a career with their self-identity Women are bringing more and more income into the household Researchers view the dual-career family situation in three phases Phase one is the changing of womens roles It is the view that women can do it all and still care for a family It was viewed that womens roles changed and they had to adapt to their new lifestyle whereas mens roles remained the same The outcome of children was a
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