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What jobs are popular among men and women in your country? Are there social or cultural rules that influence what jobs people do?
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Ashley: Ryan. I just want you to know that I'm going to go to school to become an auto mechanic.
Ashley: And James is now back in college. He's majoring in nursing.
Ryan: Nursing? Nursing? That's a woman's job?
Ryan: Well, most men do those jobs, so . . . Anyway, women can do them if they want. I just think that women are better suited to be secretaries, waitresses, piano teachers. You know.
Ryan: Oh, well, just forget this. But not to change the subject, but I'm having a problem with my car, and I was wondering if Jimmy, I mean James, could take a look at it. Ashley: Forget it. Start pushing!
In the past, what kinds of jobs were mainly done by men or women (a registered nurse, a secretary, or childcare worker)? Is this still true today, or is this trend changing? What are the reasons for these changes: social, religious, or economic?
Use the Internet to find out how the workplace is changing in a different country in terms of men's and women's roles and cultural diversity. Interview a classmate from a different country if possible to understand their views on this topic. Here are some possible questions to consider: