Skip over navigation

Journal Issue: Children and Divorce Volume 4 Number 1 Spring/Summer 1994

A Feminist Perspective on Divorce
June R. Carbone


Despite their divisions, feminists agree that the large-scale movement of married mothers into the labor market has not been accompanied by a corresponding increase in men's assumption of domestic responsibilities and that, in an era of high rates of divorce, women bear a disproportionate share of the burden of child rearing without access to a commensurate share of the family's re sources. While feminists may disagree as to whether genuinely shared child rearing, independent of gender roles, is possible or desirable, they embrace Okin's conclusion that justice requires protection for those whose assumption of domestic responsibilities renders them vulnerable.