Many of the taken-for-granted ideas about the capabilities, personalities, talents, etc. of women and men have been considered innate, natural or unchangeable. Yet, gender definitions and expectations have changed continuously over the long course of history. In looking at U.S. families today, where do we see increasing equality or recognition of “sameness” between husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, and what macrosocial changes, e.g., in the labor force, in education, in the division of family labor, have encouraged these changes? What has held them back?
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