Gender Inequality In The Society

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The hierarchy in the society between men and women is a pervasive reality. In the present time, when women’s equality is still a question, their condition in the past years is easily predictable. They were not accepted on par with men at any sphere of the society – be it social, religious, political or intellectual. Women were not considered intellectually creative, contributive and productive enough to have a say in their own lives. They did not have any identity of their own, they were known either by their father’s names or by their husband’s. ‘The female sphere’ – a woman’s proper place was the home, whether she ruled it as its mistress or laboured in it as a servant is a constant debate, but the latter seems to be more true. Genteel work outside the home was almost non-existent: public office, the professions and the universities were all closed to women, while commerce and manual labour were simply not respectable. Moreover, patriarchal mindsets had constantly prevented women from expressing themselves. Perhaps for this reason only Mary Ann Evans, changing her name as George Eliot, had to write: “The object of anonymity was to get the book judged on its own merits, and not prejudged as the work of a woman.” (Eyre 71) Thus, for women voicing or penning the thoughts is not much older a phenomenon. It began in the Restoration period with Aphra Behn (1640-1689) who became the first woman writer to earn her living by writing. She had also worked as an official during the

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