After marriage, women did not have the right to own their own property, keep their own wages, or sign a contract. In addition, all women were denied the right to vote. “The cult of true womanhood ideology extended middle-class ideals far beyond the middle class and affected marriage, female education, and employment choices, as well as strategies for obtaining women’s rights…”(WOMEN). American women of the late 1800’s struggled with no rights in the government, considered inferior, and married women had no separate identity from her husband. One reason American women were treated poorly is because of their rights in the American government.
The common thought was there was something wrong with them if women were not married by the time limit. Women were never thought of becoming lawyers or doctors because of the restrictions of the functions they had to do, based on their gender. They were just considered property belonging to their spouse. In Kate Chopin’s works such as The Awakening, she contradicted the roles and stereotypes of women and
The olden mentality of inferiority of women was largely present during this era. A woman’s opportunity for getting an education, a professional status or owning property was highly restricted. They were not allowed to vote, and the few legal rights which they did enjoy were kept to a bare minimum. Women were prohibited from learning the arts and sciences and although some of the richer class women had the potential to do so, they were
It is this male dominance that deems women as second class citizens who do not need an education. In ‘Alicia who sees mice’, Alicia attends university , due to her mother dying she has ‘inherited her mother’s rolling pin and sleepiness’ although she has the opportunity to study , it is not as important as looking after her family. Esperanza’s mother is not as lucky , she is a typical women in Latin America. Her life revolves around her marriage, family and children. Due to being a woman , Esperanza’s mother was not able to complete her education , instead she was forced to stay at home and look after Esperanza and her siblings while her husband provided for them, she strongly resents this ‘“I could have been somebody, you know?
Although occupied few jobs for very low pay, women were still not considered a part of the work force and they did not have any formal workplace rights and usually faced discrimination and unfair treatment from the other gender. It was not until 1963 the Feminine Mystique was written and published by Betty Friedan which was claimed to start the women’s rights movement of the 1960s “The Feminine Mystique is remembered as the book that “started” the women 's movement and 1960s feminism in the United States.” In her book Friedan described her life as a typical housewife of the 1960s, she argued that women’s role was not just to be housewives and do housework, but instead they are a lot more important than that; she also called women to recognize their potential, to speak up and to aspire to work in professional jobs and become equal to men, “She also helped advance the women’s rights movement as one of the founders of the National
Much of the work that women did for the Women’s Labor Service (WLS) was voluntary, not necessarily meaning freely undertaking, but rather, unpaid. Stephenson argues that because the Regime failed to conscript women early on, and could not properly motivate women to help through the use of propaganda, that women’s contribution to the war
The 1950s are frequently recognized as the pinnacle of gender inequality as women were denigrated and portrayed as “stupid, submissive, purely domestic creatures”. As appose to receiving a higher-level education, many of girls stayed home after high school while their husbands worked to support the family. The fact that a woman would be attending college was bizarre and abnormal. It was presumed that women would get married after high school and fall into their traditional roles as soon as possible. The courageous women that chose to learn further were not taught mathematics and science rather home economics and cooking.
Hostility may arise from many factors, but one major factor that caused conflict for Elizabeth was that she was a female ruler with no husband. This led people to think that she was weak and they tried to take advantage of that, but they failed. Elizabeth said, “I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king.” She said this because she didn’t need a king to help her rule; just because she was a woman, it didn’t make her any less of a
According to Wollstonecraft’s 1792 work, because females were given such a limited education, it led to the oppressed and marginalized status of women in the society. Women were treated as objects who had to be beautiful, sophisticated and docile and because of the status quo at that point in time, women could not easily advocate for their equal rights. In fact, women were considered to be too emotional, too uninteresting and too insignificant to be included in public debates (Wollstonecraft,