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[IELTS Ideas] Gender

Gender and Education

  • Men and women should have access to the same educational opportunities
  • Males and females should be accepted onto courses according to their abilities
  • It is wrong to discriminate against students because of their gender
  • Gender should be irrelevant in education
  • Student’s achievements should depend on hard work and individual merit
  • In the UK, there are similar numbers of male and female students in higher education


Gender and Work

  • Men and women should have access to the same professional opportunities
  • Both man and women should be able to pursue a career
  • They should earn equal salaries
  • They should be employed according to their abilities, qualifications and experience
  • Traditionally women have been restricted to certain roles
  • They were often employed as secretaries or receptionists
  • Nowadays, a range of occupations is available to both sexes
  • Career success depends on individual merit


Women’s and Men’s Roles in the Family

  • Some people argue that a mother should not work
  • She should stay at home and bring up her children
  • The father should be the breadwinner of the family
  • Others believe that both parents should share these responsibilities
  • Working women can take maternity leave during and after pregnancy
  • Many mothers continue to work after this period
  • Many fathers and mothers share their parenting and domestic responsibilities
  • They contribute equally to childcare, cooking and cleaning
  • Some women may have better career prospects than their husbands
  • Paternity leave and ‘househusbands’ are becoming more common
  • Traditional gender roles are gradually changing
  • Families can divide roles and responsibilities in the most convenient way


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