Women have always played an important role in the history of the United States. Throughout different time periods, their roles in society and in government have changed in many ways. Whether women were helping the war manufacturing effort, striving for suffrage, helping soldiers during the war, or just raising their children; their roles have been influential to the social structure of the United States today. Their desire for equal rights, their willingness to help American soldiers, and the absence of men in the workplace are responsible for the changing role of women. The first factor that caused the changing role of women in history was their desire for equal rights.
Clinton even makes the speculation that women living on smaller farms lived an easier life because there were fewer slaves. These women were often displaced, because their husbands’ strong desire to travel, and had to live dismal lives on the frontier. Women’s lives were very closely tied to their homes and families, while men were more inclined to the business world and often left their families alone when
Women were in control of staying home to take care of their children. Men provided food for the family through the day. Women focused their lives towards labor and religion. “Men had the dominant role in public life in ancient Greece” (Rymer). This system in society conceited women to take care of the house while the men took care of harder things.
In the 50’s, women were simply expected to get married to a wealthy man, stay at home, and raise children while her husband worked to provide for the family. During world war II, the role of women changed drastically. Since men were off fighting for the country, women stepped into their roles as factory workers. Some even took it a step further by joining the military. When peace returned, men and
America in the 19th century was, as for most of its history, divided sharply between rural and urban environments. Women on farms in Indiana and working in factories in the cities were expected to behave in fairly different manners. But while there lives were different, the struggle for equality became important for both. For so many women in history, being equal was something of value and of importance to them, but every time “equality” was brought up, it was just ignored. In the first document, “Women's Roles in the Late 1900s” talks about what women were expected to do and how their lives were “tied to house and children, endlessly unacknowledged work, little opportunity for outside contact or variety of experience, and little relief from everyday triviality.” It discusses how women were encouraged to do these things and how they had to do them because they were the only ones capable of actually doing these things.
As women became more involved their ability to further improve their societal standing increased as they gained more power through reform. Women became more involved in the workforce. They were paid more, better protected, and more well respected. World War One showed the nation that women could fill the role of men and produce on a level that made them important. Women also changed the progressive era by focusing on the welfare of the poor and low class.
Women are always one step ahead due to how hard they work but still two steps behind because of who they are. The mindset of old fashioned gender roles restricts women from reaching their full potential in the work place. From the times of early civilizations, men and women were given distinct roles in society; men were tasked with labor intensive work whereas women were given domestic control. Author Anne Steinmann describes the division of labor in early societies as follows: Sexual roles and relationships in early societies were strictly functional. They served a specific purpose in the total society; in most cases, it was simple survival.
Historians have described about women’s duties in the ancient societies such as being mothers, cooking, taking care of their children and husbands, and any outside job such as, nursing, sewing and teaching. By progressing technology and the thoughts of today’s society in some developed countries and some countries, which are developing, the women’s position and their duties have become very important. However, still in some countries the women’s position in society is below of the men’s position. In such societies, their cultures and customs are obstacles to let women progress and get the same rights as men have. Nowadays, women have more ability in developing society.
Introduction The stereotypical view of a woman’s role in a household is more inclined towards domestic duties and responsibilities. Men are regarded more powerful in society than women. Despite the many changes in the country, the position of women in society has not changed very much. When women are economically and socially empowered, they become a potent force for change. In rural areas of the developing world, women play a key role in running households and make contributions to agriculture production.
Some people know the first part of the story which is how the women felt. The other part is how the man felt. Since the stone age, the man’s role in a family has always been to protect and provide for their families. The women’s role was to tend to the house and upbringing/ raising of the children. With those underlying expectations in play, men did not think women needed rights because (in a man’s view) all women did was take care of the family and the home.