In 1914, the First World War broke out. Young soldiers peregrinated across the ocean and fought "the war to end all wars", however, it turned out to be a massive scale of slaughter and destruction.
At the height of the belligerent war, factories were desolated and almost abandoned , due to the absence of male workforce. Mr. Cormier, a factory owner, was extremely upset as his factory was in face of unprecedented threat.
Where have all the young men gone?!
I'm so sorry, Mr. Cormier.
The daughters of Mr. Cormier were worried about their father's factory, and more importantly, the society. Daphne, the elder daughter, wanted to revitalized the economy of the society by recruiting women into factories, allowing women to support their families even when most men were gone to war. Although Daphne and Eliza were certain about their father's opposition, they were about to persuade him.
Papa will be furious... He hates the idea of women working outside of home.
I know, Eliza. But it's already 20th century! Women shall no longer kowtow to patriarchy. It is the worst of time, yet the best for women to stand up for themselves and support their families and the society.
The Cormiers quarrelled and wrangled for nights as they could never reach a consensus. Being frustrated, Mr. and Mrs. Cormier were shocked and agitated by the idea of urging women to work outside home. They gainsaid the significance female workforce and demanded to terminate the conversation at once.
No! Stop this nonsense now!
I am the head of the family and all of you must listen to me. Let me lecture you on functionalism... family members are expected to fill prescribed roles within the family for the good of society as a one. And you, women, mere objects of me, your role is to stay at home and stop thinking about causing harm to the society and my nerves.
Papa, everything you just said was about systematic inequality, not functionalism! The only reason why you are opposing is that you fear the role of men as sole providers will be threatened. You are defending patriarchy and prejudice over the predicaments of your own factory and the society.