Throughout the ages women have faced varying degrees of sexism and during the progressive era this was a very prominent issue, women had finally had enough of being treated as second class compared to white males and simply males in general. They weren’t allowed to vote, own property if married, they were extremely restricted in what types of jobs they could get and often encouraged to just stay home, not to mention the large wage gap between white males and white females ensuring that on their own women would be hard pressed to survive. In many of the divorce cases the women were still required to take care of the children even though the male technically had custody. Sexism all though not as prominent today is still a very big issue, ranging
World Without Genocide states, “Over 480,000 people have been killed, and over 2.8 million people are displaced.” Using cultural relativism in the Darfur genocide, we can improve or stop the situation. Cultural relativism is understanding other cultures on their own terms, in their own context. A World Without Genocide says, the Darfur genocide started in 2003 and is being carried out by Arab militias called the Janjaweed.
In 1900, only six percent of women that were married worked, instead these women were housewives and took care of the home and children. However, fifty percent of non-married women worked, but they likely stopped working once married. Only thirty-three percent women that were divorced or widowed during this time worked, and those that did worked out of need. These percentages are compared to an eighty-six percent of men, married or not, that were employed during this time period.
Genocide Similarities George Santayana, the Spanish-American philosopher, once stated that, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” Many have heard this before, but are they aware of just how true it is? The Dzungar Genocide occured in China in the 1750’s. It wiped out the majority of the Dzungar Nation.
Throughout our ancient history, women have portrayed various different roles in different ancient civilizations. Whether it was taking care of their children and men at home, working in the fields, or doing hard labor, these women shaped the way women act, and the roles they portray today. The Han Dynasty was one of those ancient civilization where women portrayed different roles. During the Han Dynasty, which lasted from about 206 BCE to 220 CE, women led very limited lives as compared to men, similarly to many other ancient civilizations (Bowman). They were viewed as the bottom of the power hierarchy in addition to the gender hierarchy.
Hellenistic vs. Assyrian "Babe, go make me a sandwich. " Since the dawn of time, women have been considered inferior to men. Most societies throughout history viewed women as poisonous or unimportant compared to male counterparts. Women in Hellenistic Greece were treated with more respect than women in Assyrian societies because Greek men saw women as good and perfect, chaste and innocent with no possible way of "poisoning" a man.
Men are perceived by society as the brave ones; the ones who do what must be done in times of need. Throughout Shakespeare's ‘Macbeth’, valiant actions are made in the notion that it's the manly thing to do . Consequently, Macbeth murders king Duncan as he deems it a necessary crime he must do as a man in order to fulfill his ambitions. During the Elizabethan era, anything that was brave, courageous, or took ambition was deemed a manly act. If you were a female, doing something that took strength would be seen as nonviable.
During the First World War women played a very vital role, either directly as nurses or as forms of comfort and hope (Brose 109). However, as the fighting dragged on countless men lost their lives and saw the unspeakable horrors of trench warfare, attitudes toward women changed. Men were angry that their wives were home living ‘comfortably’ while they suffered, and the nurses saw them broken and vulnerable (Brose 113). Decades later, the women of the 1960s were rebelling against the typical feminine roles of their mothers and grandmothers, but the perception in the minds of the men at war was generally unchanged from those of the soldiers in the past. “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brian shows this same transition in emotions—from positive to negative—views, during the Vietnam War by following a platoon of soldiers through the jungle.
Its fair to say through the years literature has shown common themes and ideologies that connect deeply with values and concepts learned from history. The influence of these themes and ideologies have been turned into theories that we use to analyze and connect to stories and novels that we read. When these theories are applied, multiple stories can be used and compared. There is common themes that will show up in a story that will be related to the theory and used to compare and contrast stories to the theories. Feminist theory is one of the theories that is largely looked at when analyzing the books “Of mice and men” and “The Great Gatsby.”
Women also face unequal opportunity and treatment. In most world history, the man has been the leader and the woman, the follower. Men are more greatly respected and thought highly of. During the 18th century at the time of The Declaration of Independence the inferior attitude toward women was prevalent. Historian Mary Beth Norton wrote about treatment of women in this time period in the book, Liberty’s Daughters.
Betty Friedan was born on February 4, 1921, in Peoria, Illinois. She was known for her active participation in women’s rights back in the 1950s. She went out of the norm to create equality for females. Back in those days, not only women but minorities had barely any rights in society. Only white men in the United States benefitted, where they were the only ones who had control, be it businesses, the government, and even in the family.
Essentially, marriage in the 1700’s was seen merely as a means of birthing heirs and finding a way to financially support yourself, so it resulted in both men and women being devalued. It is universally known that women were often treated as inept and helpless rather than sophisticated people with autonomy and capabilities. In fact, during this time, “married women were consistently compared with minor children and the insane-- both categories of people considered incapable of caring for themselves. To marry a woman was, in one sense, to ‘adopt’ her-- or at least to adopt responsibility for all the circumstances of life with which she entered the marriage” (Teachman 39). Furthermore, when women got married, they would legally cease to exist.