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... History There are a torrent of differences between the 21st Century and the era of the middle Ages. To begin, the workforce has changed drastically compared to that time period. The roles of women have become more dominant, and their rights more profound as well. In the middle Ages, women were never presumed to have to work outside of the home, or for that matter, have a voice in any matters that dealt with issues outside of the home. Therefore, the status of women in the 21st century has seen many economic changes, according to Linda Waite (2002). In the 21st century, women now make up 44% of the work force compared to women barely working outside of the home at all in the medieval period...