An essay on the struggles of women who work at night. Choosing night work so they can care for their families during the daytime. Myth of the nuclear family, and ideal role of women in the home. Economic issues. Personal problem of focusing on others while ignoring their own needs and desires.
Anita Ilta Garey, in Wharton, writes of the economic, physical, psychological, social and familial struggles of women who work at night and raise... more
Anita Ilta Garey, in Wharton, writes of the economic, physical, psychological, social and familial struggles of women who work at night and raise families in the daytime. These women work because their families need the money, and they work at night because it allows them to fulfill the responsibilities of being mothers and wives during the day. The most interesting parts of Garey's essay to me have to do with the ideals which women are pursuing as they work at night and raise a family by day, and the role that the 2000 census, as a current event still playing a role in defining America, plays in this set of circumstances. Basically, Garey says that the women are pursuing the ideal of the traditional nuclear family, which portrays the woman/mother/wife as a stay-at-home stabilizer on the domestic front while the husband/father goes to work in the daytime. The