Margaret Mead started her work in the 1920’s. Infant development and parental roles was a key component of Mead’s research. Mead’s field work over 24 trips to the South Pacific indicated that cultural environment was at least as strong an influence as biology on gender and parental roles in a given society.
She viewed humans as a whole, and she thought that all facets of life were connected. She believed that all cultures could learn from each other, states the Intercultural Studies website. In her work “Male and Female and Growth and Culture” Mead laid out her ideas that personality differences between men and women are in large part due to how they were raised instead of biological tendencies.