Portugal still accepts women sacrificing career for family

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 20-02-2013 15:38:00 · 0 Comments

While northern European countries are the only ones to clearly reject the idea of a woman sacrificing her career for family life, in Portugal, giving up the one thing for the other still seems to be generally accepted, according to a new study.

These conclusions were reached after data from the European Social Survey (ESS) was scrutinised and made public last week.
However, researchers explained trends are changing.
“In a context of financial and economic crisis and with smaller family budgets, in Portugal, Spain and Ireland the agreement with that idea is diminishing.”
The study analysed data from the ESS gathered between 2004 and 2010.

Other findings the study afforded, conducted by researchers Anália Torres, Bernardo Coelho and Diana Carvalho, were that family is still “the main priority in individuals’ lives.”
A summary of the project reveals that there is a “tendency towards the equalisation of genders” converging throughout Europe and a high level of agreement with “the idea that men should have as many responsibilities as women regarding the home and children.”
From the analyses of the report it emerged that the family model in which the man works “is outdated and European families choose double careers.”
“Even in the current context of economic and financial crisis, when you could imagine some backwards steps would be made, men are still not given priority in the access to work”, the researchers said.
But there are some differences - Portugal and other countries in Southern and Eastern Europe are more accepting of the idea of men being given priority to work than in northern Europe.



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