The chances are good that your purpose differs from those held by your father and grandfathers. Scholars say that fathers of previous generations saw their purpose as financially supporting their families and providing discipline to their children. Some saw themselves as leaders and role models for their families, especially regarding religious instruction. Inherent in these missions is a sense of authority, which could sometimes become authoritarianism— “the enforcement of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom,” as the dictionary says.
As a group, today’s fathers see their role somewhat differently.
Women in the workforce have steadily increased for over a century. Today, roughly as many women as men are working for pay—though men still tend to make considerably more money than their female coworkers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.