It describes momism as “the demonic version of domestic ideology” (Rogin, 8) and the loss of the typical role of women in society prior to the war. Previously women were limited to managing the household but during the war the opportunities for women expanded. Being allowed these opportunities women had acquired a taste of the powers and liberties that came with them. As soon as the men returned back to their former roles and reestablished America as a patriarchal based society they forced women back to their structured household roles. Some women resented returning to their former roles of taking care of the home so instead they searched for new roles.
From the Suffragette movement of the early 20th century to modern day Women’s Marches, it is evident that women have continuously fought against the expectations and limitations placed on them by society. Throughout William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, female characters also grapple with gender standards, and either abide by or reject them. Characters such as Dewey Dell and Cora Tull follow female expectations since Dewey Dell allows men to control her and Cora fulfills the expected role of being a caretaker for her husband and children. Addie Bundren meanwhile does not obey societal expectations, which is apparent since she has her own desires and rejects the homemaker role given to women during this time. Truly, female characters within As I Lay Dying have varied perspectives on the roles of women in society, which makes them symbols of the various outlooks on 20th century feminism.
Women wanted their men to be with them but they had to work day and night for their men’s the women could not be around them as much as they did but it was really against the law.Women were forced to share rooms with others and they had to wait to go shopping until other women were ready (Lemon).Women really did not need to wait on the others they are grown they had to sleep with others also it was not right and not apart of the law.In the spite of the discrimination women faced to fight labor market and depression (Lemon). Women wanted to have their things in private and not around other the women 's depression were to provide opportunities for not just themselves but other women also. Women in the 1930s were trying to keep jobs and were working day and night trying to keep their family’s some food in their homes, because many women could not get jobs because they were not married. Many women had quit their jobs because they went low on money because they had to share it with other women. They did this so other women would have an enough to pay their bills and get food and clothes.
In the book Revolutionary Mothers, author Carol Berkin discusses women’s roles in the American Revolution. She separates out the chapters so that she can discuss the different experiences and roles of women during the period. She utilizes primary and secondary sources to talk about how women stepped into their husband’s shoes and maintained their livelihoods and how they furthered the war effort on both sides, as well as how classes and race effected each woman’s experience. Berkin’s main goal was for the reader to understand that although women’s roles aren’t traditionally discussed when talking about the American Revolution, nevertheless, they played a major part in it. Information on the Revolutionary War typically focuses on the Founding Fathers and their actions that brought about American independence.
Conflict and compromise were truly important in determining why she was named an American hero. Conflict was important because there was conflict on whether Harriet should be paid for her work as a nurse, cook, and spy for the Union Army. Many people did not like that she worked for the Union,because she was a woman and she was
If she didn’t stand up like she did, she would have accepted defeat, making the women's rights movement even more vulnerable. She was a leader and without her will to overcome obstacles she would have been defeated. Unlike Ava who didn’t seem to want to change anything about her suffering. Both of the passages would have changed if the characters had different
This book also had positive and negative points. For example, a positive point is how women were trying to become independent, as well as gain their individual rights. “In a lengthy series of resolutions, Cady Stanton and the others called for an end to all discrimination based on sex. Cady Stanton’s appropriation of the Declaration of Independence was a brilliant propagandistic stroke.” (Banner 40-41) In the attempt of gaining their rights, Cady Stanton and other women gathered the strength to speak demand their suffrage. “She proposed that the Declaration of Sentiments demand suffrage for women.
Having women included in the military draft would allow them to be viewed differently in the eyes of men. Kelly Antoine in her article, “9 Reasons Why Women Should Have To Register For The Draft” she states, “These women are bringing louder, more confident female voices to the table, working to change policies and challenging the long-standing culture of the services,” Antoine may be stating this about women already in the armed forces, but this can still apply to women being included in the draft. Incorporating women in the draft would allow the opportunity for new ideas and progression to be apart of the military during the nation’s crisis. Some people are opposed to women being including in the draft because they will not be able to keep up with the men. In an article written by Jude Eden, throughout her entire piece she makes the argument that women would simply not be able to meet the same level of excellence as men because they are unable to meet the same physical requirements.
Within the book, there are instances which state that women can’t/won’t do a certain task/thing because of reason/excuse. One example of this is when Scout asked Atticus, the Finch’s father, about why people in Maycomb couldn’t sit in the jury stand and mentioned Miss Maudie, a gentle woman who never lets others forget her thorns, Atticus replied, “For one thing, Miss Maudie can't serve on a jury because she's a woman-" (188). He says the reason for this is, “I guess it's to protect our frail ladies from sordid cases like Tom's. "(188) and also that he, “...doubt(s) if we'd ever get a complete case tried—the ladies'd be interrupting to ask questions."(188). Atticus is saying that the reason why they can’t be in the jury is because they need to ‘protect them’ and that they just slow down the entire trial process.
If women continued to gain power and independence then the fabric of society would disintegrate and gender relations would be altered, which men did not want to happen. Americans had a choice of keeping the practices and ideals of the revolution concerning women or maintain the social
Though it was frowned for a woman to act, think, write, and speak like men, that didn’t stop them. In the book, Revolutionary Mothers by Carol Berkin, we learned that women were prohibited to exercise anything out of field and house work, especially politics, this book demonstrates that over the decades, women had altered that perception.
Even though most history books have minimized women’s contributions to colonial society, Carol Berkin’s Revolutionary Mothers was able to vividly recreate the daily occurrences in women’s lives during the Revolutionary war. Berkin describes the roles of women through the eyes of the rich and poor, loyalist and patriot, and African and Indian women. The cover displays a gowned women clenching a rifle while overlooking the battlefield with nothing more but a solemn expression. As extrinsic as it may seem, it’s a good interpretation of just how much women were affected by the war and how influential they were in the shadows. Even the most pacifistic ladies became involved in the bloody battle in attempt to strive for the peace they loved.