How you compare the role of the woman in our era to those depicted in "A Doll's House"?

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Women in America were not too much different from women like Nora in Ibsen's play "A Doll's House." It was partly because of writers like Ibsen that women began to change psychologically. In the past half-century or so there has been a dramatic change in American women. They are obviously demanding freedom and equality. I believe that they are still struggling to identify themselves in the modern world. It appears that a great many women still want to have babies, homes--and husbands. At the same time they want education and freedom from household slavery. It is hard for them to reconcile all the different roles they want to play. The hardest thing is to reconcile motherhood with careers. Hiring nannies is not a satisfactory solution. Imposing on grandparents is not a satisfactory solution. In Ibsen's play Nora just walked out on her husband (a real jerk!) and her children. Is that a satisfactory solution?


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