Change in Attitudes Beliefs and Practices Regarding Gender

The gender system, characteristic of Orissa and West Bengal during the past century, is being transformed as more women receive an education, marry at a later age, and work outside the home. While significant variations by caste/class status and rural or urban residence exist, the patrifocal family is having to adjust to changed circumstances and beliefs regarding women and husband-wife relationships. An older, educated, and employed daughter makes for a more independent and less subservient daughter-in-law. Such women, and many of the educated men they marry, want more egalitarian and companionate marriages and less supervision by elders. Nonetheless, the extended family continues to be a highly valued and useful institution, especially for childcare and the care of elders.

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