Women in the 1600s to the 1800s were very harshly treated. They were seen as objects rather than people. They were stay-at-home women because people didn’t trust them to hold jobs. They were seen as little or weak. Women living in this time period had to have their fathers choose their husbands.
In the 1980’s, a man playing housewife was ludicrous, and a woman being the sole provider for the family was considered outlandish. In Bobbie Ann Mason’s “Shiloh”, conflict arises when expectations based on gender are not satisfied by the characters. In the beginning, Leroy held the typical masculine role while Norma Jean held the feminine role. Now that the roles have switched, Mason reveals this to the readers by exhibiting Norma Jean to be the man, by pursuing higher education classes, and by her life revolving around working out. One of the key roles that Mason shows the change of gender roles is that Norma Jean is always working out.
The social stigma that women are housekeepers and should be confined to the four walls of the house is perhaps a viable cause of gender disparity. They should not raise their voice regarding their fortune for the sake of the prestige of the family. In patriarchal society a lot of weightage is given to men.” The root cause of gender inequality in Indian society lies in its patriarchy system. According to the famous sociologists Sylvia Walby, patriarchy is “a system of social structure and practices in which men dominate, oppress and exploit women”. Women’s exploitation is an age old cultural phenomenon of Indian society.
Women were treated like property and got little to no respect.Women should be treated equal to men. There was a surge for jobs during The Industrial Revolution, so this meant women were starting to work in the factories with men. For some women it was hard to get jobs, others getting a job came easily. “The rich had more to give, but they didn’t, so the poor suffered a lot more.”(The Industrial Revolution: Communism, Socialism, and Women 's Suffrage). It was already hard for women, but if they were poor it was even harder for them to get a good
Gilman presents the toxic effect of gender inequality particularly through the relationship between a husband and wife. Gilman characterizes the characters John, the husband, and his wife, the narrator, in terms of common gender roles in society - John has a profession and a high status while the narrator is a stay at home wife. Gilman strategically poses the actions of John as a reflection of men in society where they overpowered women ability wise and mentally. The narrator who suffers from
Women did not want to be stigmatised and they relied on their partner financially, most of the time they went back to their husband. This was found in a study by Dobash and Dobash. It is believed that society forces a woman to stay in a violent relationship as well as her husband, this is done by making her think that know one cares about her and she will have nowhere to live. There are criticisms of radical feminist theory, these are; it over stresses domestic violence within family life. It believes that women are powerless and men are powefull.
Even when women were successfully pursuing these careers, they were removed from work and intensely discriminated against. This act gave women the only choice of staying home and taking care of the kids and the household. This post WWII effect caused a harsh barrier between genders and what their roles in society “should” be. Men played the more dominant roles in society. In the family aspect, they were known as the suppliers of the family, expecting to come home from work with a home
Commonly, males provided for their family while women took care of the home. Gender roles were necessary for survival in primitive times because of the volatile, Darwinian environment. However, as the world developed, gender roles were still engrained in society and patriarchy was solidified. Thus, husbands have become dominant at home and in the workforce and earning income became a fixed job of men (Farrelly 4). Likewise, Jackie Elliot is shown destroying his dead wife’s piano for firewood is symbolic of traditional gender roles.
Before this, the women’s jobs were to stay home, cook, clean and take care of the children. They weren’t allowed to work the same jobs as men or vote, and their husbands were the boss of them. It is said in The Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Falls Conference, “The history of mankind is a history repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her…He has compelled her to submit to laws, in the formation of which she had no voice…He becomes, in marriage, for all intents and purposes, her master -- the law giving him power to deprive her of her liberty, and to administer punishment.” This proves that women had little to no rights and were not treated fairly, and were controlled by men. The women wanted to change this, and started a protest against
Liberal feminists argue that women have the same capacity as men for moral reasoning and work habits, but that patriarchy, particularly the sexist division of labor, has historically denied women the opportunity to express and practice this reasoning. These dynamics serve to shove women into the private sphere of the household and to exclude them from full participation in public life. Hence, gender inequality is a hazard not only to the highly capable, talented and deserving women but also to the economy as a whole. Both awareness of the existing gender inequality and implementation of policies that address gender inequities need to be strengthened. Reducing the amount of time women spend on unpaid work is also essential.