Social Change and Equality

The Roles of Women and Economics
  • Diane E. Alington
  • Lillian E. Troll
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO)


In our hunger for progress, we tend to encourage media-propagated myths that shroud the reality of women’s lives and discourage efforts to improve that reality. One of the most fundamental—and misleading—of the current myths is that the seeds of equality sown over many generations have at last flowered in response to the collective efforts of 20th-century women. We argue that the facts do not provide support for the belief that women have played a causal role as agents of change, and that it is important to correctly identify the antecedents of social change. Our thesis is that the recent changes are rooted in the economic needs of the nation, not in the sociopolitical needs of its women. Because of the external genesis of this change, its consequences are less permanent, less significant, and less beneficial than commonly claimed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diane E. Alington
    • 1
  • Lillian E. Troll
    • 2
  1. 1.Centenary CollegeHackettstownUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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