Female University Students Dreaming of Becoming Housewives

  • Joyce Chan Wai-man


Nowadays, our society becomes increasingly modern. The opportunity of Hong Kong women to receive education is increasing, which enhances their educational level. The number of women entering the labour force is increasing as well. Therefore, families with dual income become more and more common. However, some university-educated females just want to be a housewife. In this study, in-depth interview has been employed and 12 interviews have been conducted. During the interview, they were asked to imagine their ideal family life in order to understand why they would have this desire and also their meaning of family and work.

It has been found out that they believe that family is good and warm. They enjoy being a housewife. They thought that being a housewife will be good for all family members. Since housewives can spend much more time with family, which is good for building relationship between family members, they would like to be a housewife. Actually they understand also the dark sides of being a housewife, but they would try to use some defence mechanism to rationalize their decision. They thought they would get satisfaction from the family, from nurturing their own children, but not from work.

Listening to their voice would find that their feelings and opinions are different from sociologists’ and feminists’ point of view.


Full Time Marital Relationship Gender Ideology Romantic Love Double Burden 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Independent ResearcherHong KongChina

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