Understanding Women’s Role in Household
I was young, I believe that my mother, aunts and grandmother have played more important role that the male family members. Therefore, male domination is applicable to apply in my family. Now it is not a personal level of analysis, but it is a community level of analysis that women are the leaders for several reasons.
First, women are good at dealing with money. When the family has emergency, women are the ones who dare to borrow money from other people. In this case, some people might interpret as an embarrassing thing, but it is absolutely not. Women put down their pride for the sake of family need which most of the time male does not do because they think that it is not for them to do such a thing.
Second, women are good at networking. It is very common to see a family who move to live exactly in a new place; women tend to know her neighbors faster than the male. She has more confident in building relationship with neighboring households because she needs to get many information from them. One of the little things is the location of the market in the community, the price of common commodities, school for children or about many other things.
Third, women tend to understand children better than men. Suppose when children need or want anything, they would tell their mother rather than directly tell their father. The reason is mother is closed to her children and spend more time with children. She notices very detail about children. She can tell just by looking whether her children are in good health or not.
Forth, women are more active than men because she has many responsibilities. Since she has a lot of things to do, she gets up early in the morning. Before her children and her husband get up, she has done a lot of work already like cleaning, washing, cooking, and preparing for children to go to school as well as help her husband ready for work. Beside household work, sometimes she has to earn money from outside work. Pretty busy to be a woman!
Fifth, women are mentally stronger than men. Women have a lot of pressure from social norm and religious rules. It is such a narrow path that allows women to move or act, they tend to be afraid of society. Instead they are confident in maintain to live as happy as possible with a narrow space.
After all, women play very important role in the society, yet some society ignore their talents and treat them in a very bad way. It is totally wrong to do so, because such a great characteristic, they should be reward for higher education, right for household decision making, respects and tender.