NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Civics Chapter 4 – Growing up as Boys and Girls

NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Civics Chapter 4 – Growing up as Boys and Girls (Social Science), contains solutions to various questions in Exercise for Chapter 4.At the end of the Solutions, all the keywords and Notes which are important to understand Chapter 4 Growing up as Boys and Girls Class 7 Civics, have been explained in a simple and easy to understand manner. We are providing NCERT Solutions for Class 7 all subjects which can be accessed by clicking here.

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NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Civics Chapter 4 – Growing up as Boys and Girls– Solutions to Question 1 and Question 2

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NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Civics Chapter 4 – Growing up as Boys and Girls– Solutions to Question 2 to Question 4

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NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Civics Chapter 4 – Growing up as Boys and Girls– Solutions to Question 4

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NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Civics Chapter 4 – Growing up as Boys and Girls Exercises includes – Questions/Answers which helps you to understand the topic covered in Growing up as Boys and Girls Class 7 Civics (Social Science), in a better manner to help you to score good marks in your examinations.

NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Civics Chapter 4 Growing up as Boys and Girls – NCERT Exercises

Question 1:

Are the statements given below true or false? Support your answer with the use of an example: [ Marks 4*2=8]

(a)All societies do not think similarly about the roles that boys and girls play.

(b)Our society does not make distinctions between boys and girls when they are growing up.

(c)Women who stay at home do not work.

(d)The work that women do is less valued than that of men.

Answer 1:

(a)Even today, most of the societies do not think similarly about the roles that girls and boys play. While on one hand it is considered that equality is a very important aspect, genders roles are predefined. Example: Boys are supposed to take up jobs and earn money while girls are expected to stay at home and do household chores.

(b)Our society does make distinctions between boys and girls when they are growing. Often parents and society are seen advising kids to play with toys and behave according to their genders. Example: Girls are given toys like dolls whereas boys are given toys like cars etc.

(c)Women who stay at home work a lot but often it is not recognized as household chores are considered to be inferior. However, when a woman works as a household help and earns money for the same then the same household chores are recognized as work.

(d)Often the work done by women is considered to be invisible or of less value as compared to that of men. Example when a man works 8 hours a day and gets paid for the work he is termed as a working man while when a woman works for 16 hours a day but does not get paid for the same she is termed as a non-working housewife.




Question 2:

Housework is invisible and unpaid work.

Housework is physically demanding.

Housework is time consuming.

Write in your own words what is meant by the terms ‘invisible’, ‘physically demanding’ and ‘time consuming’? Give one example of each based on the household tasks undertaken by women in your home. [6 marks]

Answer 2:

‘Invisible’- The household chores performed by women like cooking food, cleaning the utensils, dusting, taking care of children or elderly people etc. are often considered as no work or invisible as women do not get paid for these tasks. They are considered as responsibilities which women do out of emotion and love and not jobs.

‘Physically Demanding’- Tasks like collecting water, carrying heavy loads of firewood, washing clothes of all members of the family, lifting and moving things etc. are considered physically demanding as they involve bending, lifting etc.

‘Time Consuming’- Household work is often extremely time consuming as a housewife’s routine starts early in the morning and ends late at night. She works for 12 to 16 hours a day to meet the demands of the family members.

Question 3:

Make a list of toys and games that boys typically play and another for girls. If there is a difference between the two lists, can you think of some reasons why this is so? Does this have any relationship to the roles children have to play as adults? [4 marks]

Answer 3:

Boys are often given toys like cars, footballs, cricket bats, guns, swords, badminton rackets, board games etc. while girls are given toys like dolls, teddy bears, cooking sets, board games, badminton rackets, jewellery making toys etc.

While few toys like board games, badminton rackets etc. are common for both, most of the toys for girls and boys differ showing the gender stereotypes. Often the common toys for girls and boys comes in different colors like pink for girls and blue for boys. All these differentiations shows how from a very early age children are advised to play their gender roles. Less physically involving and feminine toys are given to girls defining the roles that they are supposed to play when they grow up. They are expected to know the household chores, be soft and mild when they grow up. On the other hand toys like cars, swords etc. show how a boy is expected to grow up into a man doing physical tasks and who is strong and masculine.

Question 4:

If you have someone working as domestic help in your house or locality talk to her and find out a little more about her life- who are her family members? Where is her home? How many hours does she work? How much does she get paid? Write a small story based on these details. [5 marks]

Answer 4:

Shanti has been working as a household help in our house for 5 years now. She lives with her 7-year-old daughter in our house and assists my mother with different types of household chores. She is actually a resident of Mumbai where she lived in chowl with her husband and in laws previously. But after the death of her husband she came to Kolkata with her two-year-old daughter in search of work as her in laws refused to take care of her. She is a very efficient and skillful lady and is extremely dedicated towards work. She carries out all the tasks given to her very efficiently and as a result she has good relations with everyone in the family. Over the past few years she has become like a member of the family. She works for 10-12 hours daily and makes 7000 rupees a month out which she sends 3000 rupees to her in laws and saves the rest for her daughter. She lives with our family and eats with us. Her daughter goes to a primary school nearby and her education is sponsored by our family. Though initially when Shanti came here she was very scared but now she is very cheerful and leads a happy life.




Topics Covered in Growing up as Boys and Girls Chapter 4 Civics (Social Science)

  • Growing up in Samoa in the 1920s
  • Growing up male in Madhya Pradesh in the 1960s
  • Valuing housework
  • Lives of domestic workers
  • Women’s work and equality

Important Terms Relevant for NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Civics Chapter 4 Growing up as Boys and Girls:

Identity: It is recognition of one’s existence in either a unique manner or in a common manner.

Double-Burden: When the load of work is twice compared to normal scenario’s typically used for modern day working women who have to look after both the household chores as well as their professional jobs.

Care-Giving: The task of nurturing and catering to the requirements of the needful.

De-Valued: When the equal recognition is not giver compared to efforts then it can be termed as de-valued.

House-Help: One who is responsible for all the household chores or is present to help the mistress of the house to perform the chores of the house and gets paid in return.

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