The roles and expectations of women were based on the perception that women were inferior to men. Frist, there were numerous tasks and roles for women in the 17th century. Women were to obey and serve their husbands which included tending to their children, maintaining the household, and other chores around the house. Governor John Winthrop stated, “A ‘true wife’ would find contentment only in subjection to her husband’s authority.” (George Brown Tindall, 110) The modal woman at this time was one who would silently do as she was told by her husband. However, there were other roles for women.
The role of women has differed from one period to period and from country to country. The changes have occurred according to the changes of societies and their people beliefs. In Athena, there were differences in the women role in many aspects. Their roles were limited to being either wives or mothers. However, they became having some rights in their family, civic and political lives.
They learned about how to be good mothers and wives instead of learning skills for jobs, which completely restricted them from outside job opportunities. Women have always struggled with equality throughout our global history, and the Han Dynasty is a great example of this
Although for ages men and women have had conflicting roles. Men have primarily grasped higher positions of power in government and additionally within the church. From very early on women would not go against the given social structure. When Queen Elizabeth I took the throne in 1558 ( her reign from 1558-1603) she faced bias ways of many, the notion of a women leading their nation was unimaginable causing numerous people to question her capabilities as a ruler. Unlike other women, Queen Elizabeth discarded the negative perspective by being captivating to her subjects through compassion, but also by her asserting the power and dominance over her kingdom.
Furthermore, women were expected to give birth, especially sons, who would be able to carry on the family name. Chinese women's main job was to be good wives and mothers. They were to do household work such as cooking, sewing and helping with farming. However, if a woman was to be widowed, she would be able to get a job like weaving or selling items in a market to support her family. Women were always seen as inferior in society.
In Ancient Greek Civilization, women were viewed as submissive. A man always controlled the women; that either being the Father or Husband. Women were forced to stay in the house and complete all household duties. Women were not even granted the right to attend assemblies, participate in politics, or even represent themselves in court. Having little to no overall power in your society can have a huge burden on Women but this can also fuel certain Women to strive to change the society they live in.
This narrative demonstrates the expected position of women in society. Today, women have a very different role in society than they did a century ago. Now, it is common to see mothers and wives who are professionals, working for the government or in public service, and at the same time fulfilling their role in their homes. This is a result of a reformation that took place in the 19th and 20th centuries, where women whose only task and purpose was to be in the house craved for more opportunities in
Women had the main function of reproduction. The children were very important, and even if women were not able to conceive the child for whatever reason, women were divorced immediately. Marriage was a very important ceremony, as it was almost considered a duty of the Egyptian people. It was also popular to marry cousins, brothers, and sisters considering family and dynasties were very important. If one was to be divorced it was a very private affair, but if they wanted, women could get divorced for any reason.