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Healthy Relationships: How Changes to the Current Structure of Healthcare in America would Help Individuals Achieve Gender Equity in Marriage

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In Justice, Gender, and the Family, Susan Moller Okin argues for an equal division of paid and unpaid labor among spouses, as the solution to gender inequity in modern marriage. While Okin’s argument about gender inequities within marriage turns on the effects of sexism and gender roles, the importance of economic realities should not be overlooked. In addition to gender-based discrimination, our society’s current structure of paid labor effectively undermines the achievement of gender equity. Working in tandem with sexism, the need for at least one full-time employee in a family makes the equal division of paid and unpaid labor highly impractical in most cases. Beginning from the premise that the full-time employment imperative presents a significant obstacle to true equality in the home, this paper identifies one factor that contributes to the need for full-time employment: healthcare. A move away from employer provided healthcare, which currently privileges full-time employment, would reduce as least some of the need families feel to have one full-time wage earner, and would represent a tangible step toward the achievement of Okin’s ideal.

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Beaulieu, Emily. and Speulda, Nicole. "Healthy Relationships: How Changes to the Current Structure of Healthcare in America would Help Individuals Achieve Gender Equity in Marriage" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC, Sep 01, 2005 <Not Available>. 2013-12-17 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p42105_index.html>

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Beaulieu, E. A. and Speulda, N. , 2005-09-01 "Healthy Relationships: How Changes to the Current Structure of Healthcare in America would Help Individuals Achieve Gender Equity in Marriage" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC Online <PDF>. 2013-12-17 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p42105_index.html

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Abstract: In Justice, Gender, and the Family, Susan Moller Okin argues for an equal division of paid and unpaid labor among spouses, as the solution to gender inequity in modern marriage. While Okin’s argument about gender inequities within marriage turns on the effects of sexism and gender roles, the importance of economic realities should not be overlooked. In addition to gender-based discrimination, our society’s current structure of paid labor effectively undermines the achievement of gender equity. Working in tandem with sexism, the need for at least one full-time employee in a family makes the equal division of paid and unpaid labor highly impractical in most cases. Beginning from the premise that the full-time employment imperative presents a significant obstacle to true equality in the home, this paper identifies one factor that contributes to the need for full-time employment: healthcare. A move away from employer provided healthcare, which currently privileges full-time employment, would reduce as least some of the need families feel to have one full-time wage earner, and would represent a tangible step toward the achievement of Okin’s ideal.

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Healthy Relationships: How changes to the current structure of healthcare provision in America would help individuals achieve gender equity in marriage Emily Beaulieu University of California San Diego emilybeaulieu@sbcglobal.net and Nicole Speulda The Pew Research Center nspeulda@pewresearch.org Prepared for the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association Washington D.C. 3 September 2005 1 Abstract In Justice Gender and the Family Susan Moller Okin argues for an equal division of paid and unpaid labor among spouses as the solution
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