Ex. 1.Define the phenomena given below.
Arranged marriage
Extended family
Nuclear family
Marriage license
Domestic violence
Single-parent family
Sibling rivalry
No-fault divorce
Generation gap

Ex. 2.Family Life in the UK. Define the statements as True or False.
1) Some fifty years ago singledom would have been socially unacceptable for women in Britain
2) Nowadays sociologists state there has been a rise in the number of single-person households, which increased from 18 to 29 per cent of all households between 1971 and 2002
3) Marriage levels in Britain are at an all-time high
4) By the year 2020, it is estimated that there will be more single people than married people
5) For every three weddings there are now two divorces in Great Britain
6) Cohabitation has risen by 100 per cent in a decade, with almost 80 per cent of children now born outside wedlock
7) Britons have by far the highest proportion of lone parents in Europe - a quarter of children now live with a single dad
8) After all, increasing numbers of people - now seven out of 10 - believe that family life is generally becoming less successful, even if they are optimistic about their own
9) Only about a quarter of Britons are happy with their family life
10) British women won the right to a university education only in 1954
11) The monarch of the United Kingdom who ruled from 1837 to 1901 was a man
12) Margaret Thatcher was the first woman Prime Minister of the UK
13) In the UK women aged over 30 got the right to vote in 1918, and then in 1928 women’s rights were placed on a par with those of men
14) The Church of England voted not to allow women to be Bishops on November 20th, 2012
15) The Church of England voted to ordain women as priests a century ago
Ex. 3.Fill in the gaps with the most appropriate prepositions.
1) to shape the views
2) to compliment smb smth
3) to lessen the strain smb
4) to abuse smb physically
5) to head a family
6) to teach smb common practices and customs
7) to be a strain the family
8) to obey smb blindly
9) to make good parents
10) to discriminate the basis of sex
11) to be welfare
12) to display emotions
13) to be born smb
14) to move with someone
15) to poll smb
16) to be born of wedlock
17) to stay single
18) to maintain a high standard of living
19) to end divorce
20) to be married smb
Ex. 4.Define the statements below as True or False.
1. The average marriage in colonial America lasted only 10 years because many
people died young
2. In colonial America only 25 per cent of the population married because men
who never married could earn much more
3. The nuclear family, a married couple with perhaps two children, is still
consideredthe ideal social unit in the USA and UK
4. More than 70 per cent of all marriages in the United States end in divorce
5. However the traditional family, a wage-earning father and a wife who stays
at home to take care of the kids, is a disappearing species in the USA
6. The situation is much better in the UK, where more than 70 per cent of
the population live in nuclear family households
7. Nowadays American families tend to place little emphasis on the needs and
desires of their children
8. Many divorced Americans though not required by law to help their former
spouses support their children, eagerly fulfill this responsibility
9. Britain has the highest divorce rate in Europe, 38 per cent of marriages end
in divorce, one quarter of first marriages end in the first five years
10. The idea of equality has never affected the relationships between husbands and
wives in the USA
11. In modern Britain some women prefer independence either by cohabiting or by
living alone, which they fear they will lose by marriage
12. The British population is already one of the youngest generations in Europe and
the birth rate continues to increase every year
13. Americans use the term “empty nest syndrome” to refer to the psychological
impact on the parents of the last child’s departure from home
14. Domestic violence is quite rare in modern Britain, and UK police attend
a domestic violence incident only several times a month
15. U.S. legislation prohibiting sex discrimination has benefited many women,
especially those in professional and technical fields
16. In the UK women in career structures often sense that a “glass ceiling” does not
exist any longer and they can freely reach the top
17. Many U.S. aged parents do not want to live alone and they are usually eager
to move to a nursing home or live with their grown-up children
Ex. 5.Female Education Quiz. Decide whether the statements below are True or False.
1. It is known that in ancient Rome, many upper-class women were well-educated
2. In medieval Europe, education for girls and women was diverse and generally
3. At that time among girls there was an almost direct transition from childhood to
marriage, with all it entails
4. Most schools for girls were associated with convents, and the majority of the most
educated women in the Middle Ages were nuns
5. In early modern Europe schooling for girls was rare and Mary I of England had
almost no education
6. Elizabeth I of England had a strong humanist education, and was praised by her
7. In the 16th century female education took an obviously religious direction with
a strong emphasis on Latin literature
8. The Era of the Enlightenment changed little in schooling for girls. Female
education was still rare and concentrated in convents
9. Actual progress for secular education of women began in Western Europe in
the 19th century, with the founding of colleges offering single-sex education to
young women
10. The first school for young women in the USA was founded in the 17th century
11. Today there are approximately sixty active women's colleges in the USA
12. The first United Kingdom university to allow ladies to enter on equal terms with
gentlemen was London University College in 1878
Feminism Quiz
Do you know what a feminist looks like? No one really does because there isn’t any absolute definition of what a feminist is. At its heart, feminism is about standing up for gender equality, yet the movement’s accompanying ideologies and politics are trickier to assess. How much do you know about feminism?
1. Feminism’s roots can be traced back to gatherings among lower-class women in 17th-century England
2. During the whole of the nineteenth century, UK women had no political rights though there had been some movement in other areas to advance the rights of women
3. As several laws verifying the rights of women were passed in the second half ofthe 19th century, therefore UK women could easily divorce husbands who were cruel to them and support themselves and their children
4. The Representation of the People Act 1918 was passed, enfranchising women over the age of 30 who met minimum property qualifications. It extended the voting rights to all women over the age of 21, granting women the vote on the same terms as men only in 1928
5. Women's suffrage in the United States was achieved gradually, at state and local levels, during the late 17th century and early 18th century, culminating in 1776 with the passage of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution
6. In 1968, feminists earned the nickname "bra burners" when a group of protesters at the Miss America pageant set their unmentionables on fire
7. The earliest spark of first-wave feminism started when Elizabeth Cady Stanton andLucretia Mott were denied admission to the all-male Temperance Union in1840
8. In the early 1990s, young feminists called riot girls started a grassroots movement promoting gender equality largely through punk rock and handmade magazines
9. "Womanism" is a term coined by black feminist Bell Hooks that was meant to unite black and white feminists under a common cause
10. When the National Women's Organization (NOW) formed in 1966, no men were admitted
11. Despite endless lobbying efforts, second-wave feminists failed to get the EqualRights Amendment (ERA) passed into law
12. Simon de Beauvoir's "Vindication of the Rights of Women" is one of the fundamental feminist works of literature, published in 1949
13. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral subjects was written by the 18th-century British feminist MaryWollstonecraft, and it is considered one of the earliest works of feminist philosophy
14. Feminist studies represents an interdisciplinary academic field which explores politics, society and history from an intersectional, multicultural women’sperspective. It critiques and explores societal norms of gender, race, class, sexuality, and other social inequalities
15. The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) proposed as an amendment to the U.S. Constitution was designed to guarantee equal rights for men and women. It was adopted only in 1972
Questions for discussion.
1. Dr Samuel Johnson, an outstanding English moralist, literary critic and lexicographer once said ‘A family is a little kingdom, torn with fractions and exposed to revolutions’ . Do you agree with this statement?
2. There several types of families: patriarchal, matriarchal, etc. To which type does an average Belarusian family belong in your opinion?
3. What do you think about the divorce rate in your country? Do you believe the divorce rate in the UK or USA might be higher than in Belarus?
4. Do you think there is a list of careers or job opportunities that are still heavily based on gender? Do you believe there are some jobs which are not open to women?
5. There is still a stigma to living together unmarried. Do you think our society does not approve of cohabitation?