As a woman one would rather stay in Sparta than in Athens because the women of Sparta got to have sovereignty, mobility/status, rights and respect. The women of Sparta got greater independence than the Athenians because the Spartans believed that in spite of the person’s gender all Spartans had a responsibility to serve the warlike end of Sparta. Furthermore, Spartan women were taught to read, write and protect themselves, they were taught these things just so that they could be independent and so that they would not have to depend on men to do their work for them while they were at war, another reason was so that women could produce strong babies if they were strong. The women got their freedom in exchange of being warriors and guarding their properties. Spartan women were known for starting conflicts.
Every time she mentioned something, he disregarded it. Women didn’t have many rights until later in the early 1800s. In conclusion I think that it was wrong of them to blatantly ignore what the women in society had to say and to treat them the way that they did. I think that they should have at least given women a chance to prove themselves, because we all know that women are just as capable as
Women were not allowed simple rights, commonly provided today, such as citizenship or voting. Several Greek myths provide insight to the misogynistic view held. Atalanta, despite being a well-known athlete that held onto her virtue as a virgin, lost that because she was distracted by gold. Procris promised to stay faithful to her husband but abandoned any promise when she was given new jewelry. The Amazons were a fear of the ancient Greeks because of their independence and lack of need for men.
For example Anthony says, “but this oligarchy of sex, which makes father, brothers, husband, sons, the oligarchs over the mother and sisters, the wife and daughters, of every household” This is very sad since women and girls should not be ruled or told what to do because they are thought of to be less than man. The constitution is in place to have a unified country not to have an oligarchy of men lead households. The pathos appeal is used to show what suffering women are going through due to men ruling them, and not knowing how to fight back. Susan B. Anthony in her speech also says, “Are women persons?.....and no state has the right to make a law, or to enforce an old law, that shall abridge their privileges and immunities.”, which also connects with the emotions of the audience. She is trying to make people feel bad that women are treated less even though they are just as righteous as men to have the same privileges.
Along with the belief that women played a secondary role to men in Greek society, the female characters displayed certain traits that could not be shown by the men. In addition, the male characters play the most significant roles in this poem, but without the support of the females in "The Odyssey", Odysseus would not have made it through his journey. The author depicts women as strong subjects, they are real substantive characters. Most women in this poem are treated with the respect and seriousness they deserve. Despite traditions of ancient society, the author characterizes the women as the real counterparts of men, they have real feelings, real plans and are able to accomplish men on their own.
Athens and Sparta did many things similarly pertaining to gender roles, but they also did things differently. One such example is that Athens was very restrictive in what they allowed women to do. Athens really put a taboo on women going outside, and doing hard labor. Sparta on the other hand, put an emphasis on women going out, being part of the community, and exercising. However, both Athens and Sparta believed that only men should get to fight in wars, and they both believed that only men should hold leadership
The years after the ratification was arduous for women. Many women preferred the traditional roles because it was all they had known. Not to mention, the Great Depression forced many to transition back into housewives. Also, headstrong men were intimidated by the challenge of dominance; therefore, resulting in prejudice. All of this to say, the struggles these women endeavored made it possible for the women in modern society to be regarded as sagacious and independent.
Small lies that we subconsciously tell ourselves mean nothing in the grand scheme of things, but if we tell ourselves small fibs on a regular bases over small and miniscule problems, what’s to stop us from saying bigger lies when bigger issues arise? One of the biggest issues, gender discrimination, must be abolished since women struggle with the gender pay gap, and unfair treatment in sports, while men struggle with the gender discrimination in divorce cases, mostimes leaving their gender as the main reason the mother receives custody over the child or children. Women may be able to participate in the same profession as men, but the large gap in pay between genders fails to attribute to the positives of said situation. The members of the Institute for Women 's Policy Research have used statistics over the past hundred years to conclude that: “Hispanic women will have to wait until 2233 and Black women will wait until 2124 for equal pay” (Pay Equity). The IWPR states that, “According to our research, if change continues at the same slow pace as it has done for the past fifty years, it will take 44 years—or until 2059—for women to finally reach pay parity.” The same institute claims that the time span will stretch from a 41 - 215 year wait for equal pay.
Society during that time, believed that women weren’t intelligent enough to take on such roles. Women in the Merchant of Venice go against their gender roles. Men did not think that women could ever be as smart as they were, and did not listen or take advice from women that is why Portia had to dress up as a man just to get the men to listen to her and Antonio was saved just because of her intelligence. Here is revealed the idea of love that women can do everything to see their husbands happy. Jessica also goes against the gender role of women, because she is making her own decision about her life.
It is rare to see woman from this time to be portrayed this way because they were not thought of this way. “They shall think we are accomplished with that we lack” - Portia (3.4.) It was expected back then that only men had the capacity to handle such jobs as lawyers so Portia had no choice but to disguise herself as a man to become a lawyer. Society during that time, believed that women weren’t intelligent enough to take on such roles. Women in the Merchant of Venice go against their gender roles.