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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Young Adult Women and their Biological and Social Roles in Contemporary World: [Commission on Anthropology of Women]


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 28 Aug 11:00 - 15:30


Room 3.45

There is growing evidence for changing pattern of reproductive behaviour among young adult women aged 18-35. They are now more likely to remain childless, have their first child in their early/late 30s substantially limit the number of offspring and to be fully-paid working as compared to their peers over twenty five years ago. Yet, these women have to confront conflicting expectations at home and at the work place. Aiming at better understanding a work-home discrepancy (social vs biological roles), the panel discussion will focus on psychosocial constraints of women’s biology. Following issues will be discussed: the biological capacity of young women for pregnancy and motherhood; women’s multiple roles, psychosocial stress exposure and acute stress responses in women’s biology, health and quality of life; workplace conditions, systemic sexism, and how anthropology research is working and producing evidence that sexism impacts biology and hinders women’s progression in the work place. A multifactorial approach in cross-cultural research using different explanatory models should bring the framework for the final conclusion and recommendations.


  • P 20.1
    • Prof. Kaczmarek, Maria Agnieszka (Adam Mickiewicz Univeristy)
    • Dr. Wu, Ga (YASS Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences HAO)
  • P 20.2
    • Prof. Kaczmarek, Maria Agnieszka (Adam Mickiewicz Univeristy)
    • Dr. Wu, Ga (YASS Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences HAO)

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The status accorded to women in society symbolizes its level of progress. No society of the world, women enjoyed absolute equality at par with man. The real status of women could be judged by analyzing the social, economic, political and religious rights they enjoyed over the years. But gender discrimination and gender disabilities are generally not uniformly found in almost all countries of the g ... More
Young adulthood, defined as ages 18-25, is a critical period in the female life course. It is time of navigation the transition to adult roles. Young women make choices that may involve higher education, profession and occupation/employment (socioeconomic roles – transition from student to worker) as well as marriage and childbearing (family roles both biological and social). Physical and mental ... More
Presented by Prof. Maria KACZMAREK on 28/8/2019 at 11:20
The purpose of this work was to assess changes in body structure and age of maturation of Warsaw girls during the decade 2003-2012 in relation to socio-economic factors. The material consisted of 830 girls studied in 2003 and 381 girls studied in 2012-13, aged 9-19 years. Parents and their daughters took part in the questionnaire. The family characteristics included: parental education and profess ... More
Presented by Prof. Anna SINIARSKA on 28/8/2019 at 12:25
We analysed a DHS (Demographic and Health Survey) dataset on health and living conditions indicators among 1021 children (51% girls, 49% boys), under 5 years of age, living in rural areas of Jigawa State, Nigeria. The percentage of overall undernutrition is very high with 59% of the children being classified as stunted, and 43% as underweight. There is a gender effect on health and nutritional out ... More
Presented by Dr. Ines VARELA-SILVA on 28/8/2019 at 12:00
Female role models changed dramatically during the twentieth century. Wife and mother are no longer the only accepted ""natural"" roles of women and higher education and occupational career became increasingly common in many societies. Furthermore, emancipation and the availability of effective contraceptives provided the possibility to plan reproduction and to depart from unwanted aspects of repr ... More
Presented by Prof. Sylvia KIRCHENGAST on 28/8/2019 at 11:40
Natural disasters may provide opportunities for natural experiment of the effects of exposure to stress on health and nutritional status of victims. The present study is a part of a major project to assess the effect of a severe cyclone, called Aila, on the development of children who were intrauterine on the very day of the disaster on 25 May 2009 in the Sunderban Islands of India. Data of 378 mo ... More
Presented by Prof. Slawomir KOZIEL on 28/8/2019 at 12:05
This presentation aims to bring forth the social status of young unwed mothers, which counts only on their social or family acceptance, not on their biological role. Their biological role may be restrained by their social role, which is imposed by the “normality” of having to “be married” in order to become a mother. The presentation highlights an empirical study made in situ among South-K ... More
Presented by Dr. Clara Hyun-Jung LEE on 28/8/2019 at 11:00
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