The Changing Roles of Women: South Asian Women and Work

Scheme of Work (4/4)

Subject(s): History, Citizenship Studies, Geography, Religious Studies

Topics/Keywords: Gender, Employment, Communities, Supplement, Attitudes, Traditions

Age Range: KS3 (ages 11–14) KS4 (ages 14–16)

Summary: Many South Asian women came to Britain in the 1960s and 1970s to join their husbands who were already settled and working. In Britain, the1960s saw an increase in the number of women being accepted into higher education and finding employment. However, there were still attitudes and practices that meant women were treated differently because of their gender. This lesson examines how the roles of South Asian women have changed in the UK and why attitudes towards them have changed. It also evaluates the roles of South Asian men and women and questions what these roles should be.

Changes in roles of women in the 60s and 70s Activity Sheet

Changes in roles of women in the 60s and 70s Source Sheet