Gender Roles In The Late 1800's

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Looking in from the outside, the journey of Women’s rights was a lengthy one, and it has come a significant way from what it began as. It was a long road to freedom that started with just a few women protesting together for change in the mid 1800’s to the large movement it is today. What started only as an effort to put women on equal footing with men in the voting realm blossomed into a full on fight against gender norms and independence through protesting, speeches, and gatherings. Gender norms or ‘roles’ are (as defined by Webster’s dictionary) “a set of societal norms dictating what types of behaviors are generally considered acceptable, appropriate, or desirable for a person based on their actual or perceived sex” and they are one thing that modern feminist have set their sights on to change for the better. Traditional gender roles have continued to exist for hundreds of years through perpetrators such as religion, government and society, and its effects have been felt by every woman, whether they realize it or not. The stereotypical gender roles for a woman in the late 1800’s through the 1900’s were that of someone who…show more content…
Islam is also a large contributor to gender stereotypes as well. In fact, They are particularly more oppressing than Christianity with their overbearing control of how women dress. It is understood that many women do dress as this way by choice though, not by men forcing them to do so, but their decision is heavily affected by their desire to obey their religion, which is deeply rooted in sexism and oppression. These are mainly the views of traditional Islam though, and over the years the religion has changed to conform more to the modern ideas becoming more popular with society. Despite all this, old habits are hard to break and, assuredly, the old stereotypes still exist and appropriated by the older generations and those still following in their
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