Though some women were treated better than others, most of those women were from wealthy families or were relatives of emperors. Women who weren’t from noble families, which was majority of the population, were required to follow a set of strict, unfair rules and look a certain way. They hardly had any say in who they married, and they were forced to marry at a very young age. The Han women were neglected of their education, and in the situations where wealthy women could, their received a different education than men. They learned about how to be good mothers and wives instead of learning skills for jobs, which completely restricted them from outside job opportunities.
Starting with their father, their husband, and then their son. The main goal for Chinese women were to be good wives to their husband and good mothers to their children. This included cooking, cleaning, and helping on the farm. The only time a woman was not seen as inferior was in the imperial family, especially the empress who could command men. Although women were not included in public affairs, and were subservient to men, they influenced society by bearing children and faithful to
Husbands were expected to provide support for their wives and children. An estimated one-half to two-thirds of the women in China bound their feet in order to become more marriageable as bound feet was a status symbol. Women who had their feet bound couldn’t walk and had to be carried. In traditional China women played roles of leadership in the family, but didn’t go beyond that. The roles of women were limited
Noble women played active roles in warrior society. When their husbands were away, noble women would pick up the slack and supervise vassals, control the household, and perform the necessary agricultural and medical tasks (Prentice Hall World History Textbook). Occasionally noble women also went to war to defend their estate because women's’ rights to inheritance were restricted by the feudal system. Even though some women didn’t inherit fiefs, they received land as part of their dowry (Prentice Hall World History Textbook). Likewise, peasant women also enacted important roles in the household.
During the Tang dynasty in ancient China Empress Wu was a very controversial leader. There were many things that Wu did well to stabilize China when it was struggling. But, others thought that she was a terrible ruler for reasons such as her history as a concubine. Although many think that she was a terrible leader, the fact that she listened to others and governed with great efficiency outweigh them. Empress Wu was a successful leader because she stabilized the Tang dynasty when it was struggling.
Confucian ideas highlight the need to have a heir, thus the Emperor need to be sexually active, which explains the very large number of women in the inner court. However, according to Confucian ideals, the Emperor was not supposed to retain any pleasure from this encounters. therefore leading to a paradox hard to overcome by the Emperor and even harder to enforce by the outer court officials depute their moral concerns. Song women were also granted for the first time considerable legal rights. In fact, Song Dynasty is seen as a high point for women property point in China, further challenging Confucian traditional patrilinality.
As seen by the mothers’ and daughters’ behavior towards each other in The Joy Luck Club, it is difficult to preserve one’s culture when one is exposed to a new environment or country. With a difference of two distinct generations between them, the four main pairs often come across cultural collisions. Other than facing the age gap, these mothers and daughters also have to deal with a language and communication barrier. Already, at the beginning of the story, Jing-Mei Woo is able to understand how the mothers of the “Joy Luck Club” are displeased with their daughter’s rejection of their Chinese culture. She speaks to herself, admitting that “they are frightened.
VT1700633 Victorian Women Jayd Paik Women have evolved from being treated as property to being CEO of companies and having control of what they get to say or do or even think. Before women had rights they were owned by their husbands and were taught to do all the house work, including taking care of her husband first then the children. He could have as many mistresses as he wanted, yet if she even dared to look at another man he would beat her in front of whoever. The Victorian Era was a harsh time for women because of the way they were treated. In this essay I covering the abuse they took as wives, sisters, daughters, and workers, the roles they played back then verses the roles they play now, and how my vocation of choice would be different
Although people are trying to change the society’s attitude toward women, it is hard for a country with more than four thousand years of history to change the rooted concept in such a short time, which is that women’s duty is to serve their husband and to reproduce. This concept is still causing Chinese women to be domestic other than having a
Mills states that “After marriage, the man had anciently (but this was anterior to Christianity) the power of life and death overhis wife. She could invoke no law against him; he was her sole tribunal and law.” (1870). Women’s rights at the time were dismal, and as soon as she married a man, she had to completely surrender to his will. A woman would have to completely follow what she wanted of him, not anyone else. No wife could levy charges against her husband, unless there was truly grave abuse going on, according to Mills (1870).