Parental and marital roles, career aspirations and attitudes towards marriage among young women in Greece
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The Greek society is a society that arrived relatively late to modernity by western European standards. Even though many would argue that today Greece exhibits many characteristics found in modern European societies there are still several influences from traditional ideologies and perspectives concerning issues of gender and specifically gender roles. Stereotypical ideas about the roles of mother-father, husband-wife, professional career person, etc. co-exist with modern ideas forming a unique amalgam which is often a source of tensions and antagonisms at the micro-and macro-sociological level. Within this contextual framework this paper examines young women's attitudes towards parental and marital roles, their career aspirations and their attitudes towards marriage. Data were collected from a sample of 430 young Greek women (university students and non-university students) aged between 18 and 25. The results point to interesting connections between higher education, egalitarian views on marital and parental roles with non-traditional views for the institution of marriage and career aspirations. The findings of the analysis provide the rationale for a critical examination of the current position of women in the Greek society.