Before the Women 's Rights reforms, American women were discriminated in society, home life, education, and the workforce. As a result of the Women 's Rights Movement, women gained the right to vote, access to higher education and opportunities to enter the workforce, overall changing the femmine life for the better. Women in the 1800s were stripped of their voice, not only were they unable to vote, they were often kept from speaking openly in public. Their lack of rights left them dependent on men (Bonnie and Ruthsdotter). The American Women were voiceless, they had no say in society, however the reform movement would change that.
(Lunardini, 9) These factors in American history shaped the way gender roles were for the future. Women and Men were extremely different during this time period. Married women were supported by their husband and they should not be allowed to work because they will be taking a man's job. (Mass) Men tried their best to be the breadwinners as they tried to find work while women were homemakers. (“1930s”)
Women during the middle ages faced a lot of oppression from men and were taught to be submissive. Women during this period desired to have sovereignty over men. Most women were told to be respectful and follow men commands that were thrown at them. Women duties were cooking, caring for the house, and providing for their kids. If women wanted to do anything other than care for the household, they would be looked down upon and titled as an unfit mother or wife.
Women were expected to be housewives, who stayed home and did domestic chores and fulfilled the pleasure of their husbands. Men were able to go around and use women whenever they please; however, if a women were to do this, society would look frown upon them and shame them for their actions. This double-standard caused many women to be heartbroken and rejected by their husbands and significant other cheating on them. Even if a women were unhappy, getting a divorce would be most likely frowned upon because it was common for men to cheat, so women would have to deal with it. Therefore women often chased after the man of their dreams, only to be tricked by his perfect appearance.
Most husbands did not like the idea of their wife being in the army with them because it was a “ man’s job”. Women who went with their husbands refused to stay home alone with the children. When women left home with their husband and they sent the children to a sisters house or to her mother house. Another women joined the war alongside her brother. The siblings parents had died when they were younger and they had been together since then.
She is even denied some countries. She is even denied the custody of her child after divorce. Dr. Vesna Leskošek’s preview of the historical perspective on motherhood depicts how the institutions of patriarchy, marriage and religion, together combine by losing their fine distinction to create a social structure, and women/mothers are motivated to fit into the society as respectable women by performing the idealised maternal role and duty. But latter, the concept that men and women create a whole was altered and it was established that somehow, women are not considered as capable of independent existence, even when men are able to live alone women are not. For a women marriage is a refuge, where she can live with dignity under the care and control of her husband.
This proved when the narrator’s mother always tried to get the narrator to do work that appropriate for a lady instead of outside work, however it was not something that she enjoyed. The narrator also was not considered of real helper to her father because she was a female. This proved when her father introduced the narrator as ‘his new hired hand’ to a salesman, he replied, “I thought it was only a girl” (line 76, paragraph 10).This shows how the society view girl as ‘just a girl’ at that time and it means that their roles are not really significant in the society. As being said by Alexander Pope (1688-1744), “Most women have no character at all.” (Bressler, C.E., 2011). Next, from the statement “wait till Laird gets a little bigger, then you’ll have a real help” (line 94, paragraph 12), it shows that, even though the narrator had done more work than her younger brother, she was still under appreciated and her helps seem unimportant for her father.
Evidence to support this is: ‘I get lonely’ Curley’s wife said ‘you can talk to people, but I can’t talk to nobody but Curley else he gets mad’ .This quotation represents the isolation and solitude that she went through in her life. This also shows the readers that Curley’s wife was his possession and she did whatever he pleased. This quotation also, links back to the historical context in the 1930s, when women had no rights and were classed as 2nd class citizens, the 1930s were a very dark place for women, as men overpowered them with their there patriarchal dominant
Wright both are victims of a male dominated society they were both abuse by their husband. Nora was mentally oppressed and Mrs. Wright was physically oppressed by the men that claimed love for them. Nora was treated like a doll wife while Mrs. Wright was treated like a prisoner. However because it is a male dominated society the abuse was not punishable by any law, the woman were expected to take it according to society. In the plays Trifles and A Doll House the reader can see the portrayal of a male society and the way women are where dominated and abused by their husband in the nineteenth century.
“Governor John Winthrop of Massachusetts is here discussing the wife of the governor of Connecticut, and his feeling that this woman has violated the roles rightly reserved for women by participating in “manly” activities. He believes her violation of “her place” has driven her into madness”, meaning the woman broke the rules of doing a many activity that she wasn 't supposed to do. This supports my claim that is was not a land of opportunity for women because, this means that during when woman were in colonies they mostly worked their whole lives, meaning that men were against women doing manly activities which she should of been doing when she broke the law, but the women should of been able to do manly activities not just teach kids or do child care. This quote “i’m obnoxious who disagree with women doing manly activities they should just sew, the disease a woman poet, a good poem from a women just means stolen or lucky”, means that men were against women poets because they thought if a woman wrote a poem it must of been lucky or stolen so they didn’t care about women and what poetry they wrote. This supports my claim because men were against any manly activities women did such as poetry, if women wrote poetry the men thought that it was just luck and or it could 've been stolen.
The artwork is to demonstrate the gender role of the artist. Back in the 1900s, patriarchal is the societal value. However, there are many activities women can’t do or involve because of the gender difference and gender stereotype, the old society thought female are weak, they should stay at home weaving, cooking and taking care their children. Consequently, some of the women developed some sort of desire to become a male base of their childhood experiences and society structure or even family pressure. Sometimes, people think that being a part of the LBGTQ is a shameful thing but Stewart is not afraid.
Men have an upper hand in the control of these women. For instance these Upper class men, commanders, use handmaids to reproduce because their “wives” can no longer reproduce. In Gilead, women are only faulty and so if they cannot become fertile or produce a viable child then they get shipped off even though the men could
“Divorce rates increased because some educated women shunned marriage and believe only remaining single could they play roles they envisioned in the public world (Brinkley, Pg. 481).” Women of the progressive era felt they were being left out from developing careers. “So some women enrolled in new women colleges, some middle class women had become physicians, lawyers, engineers, scientist and managers. But moreover women jobs that society felted were suitable for them such as