Due to current technology and the third wave feminist movement, gender inequality in other countries now has a global, socially aware platform. However, due to non-reporting, the voices of women experiencing violence and inequality in Japan are largely unheard. The purpose of this qualitative study is to investigate the gender role expectations in Japan that lead to inequality and victimization inflicted on Japanese women. Data was obtained through interviews with all available and consenting bilingual speakers at a Japanese University, and findings reveal that there are very specific expectations for Japanese women in the home, at work, and in society. For example, women were and are still expected to have children after getting married, to quit work after such a life event, and are treated differently under the law. This research adds to the existing literature by confirming previous findings while providing more in-depth and qualitative explanations of gender expectations and inequality.
Belarmino, Melanie and Roberts, Melinda R.
Japanese Gender Role Expectations and Attitudes: A Qualitative Analysis of Gender Inequality.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 20(7), 272-288.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol20/iss7/18