Eve: A Product of Milton’s Sexism For centuries, women were seen as inferior to men, alive only to cater to their unreasonable and at times completely preposterous demands. The status and representation of women for the majority of Western history was restrictive. They were entitled to very few legal, political or economic rights and were expected to submit themselves to the incongruous needs of the patriarchal society. The traditional gender roles confined them to the domestic sphere. This continued from the Renaissance all the way up to the Age of Enlightenment, after which the attitude toward women began to improve.
How are those of the female gender supposed to act? In the 1930’s women were frill members of society and their only purpose was reproducing and doing domestic or menial jobs. However, in modern times, women are independent and have significant roles in society. Although society’s view of this subject has changed drastically for the better, some matters don’t change. Women in the 1930’s were considered naturally weaker than men, squeamish, and unable to perform work requiring muscular or intellectual exertion.
This had much to do with World War I, which found many women taking over jobs when men went to war in order to support their families. While they still were not in many business jobs, many women were employed as clerks, typists, teachers, and nurses. In the article “Cookbooks and Law Books: The Hidden History of Career Women in Twentieth Century America” it is said that many women did not work solely to support their families, but for “a measure of personal economic independence…or simply for the sociability of working with other women” (Stricker, pg.1). Clearly, the 1920’s brought a bit more economic freedom to women. However, this was not always the case for many women.
Throughout history, sexism has went from being one of the most undiscussed topic to being one of the most diverse, controversial topics in the United States. Sexism can be described as “Unfair treatment of people because of their sex; especially; unfair treatment to women.” (Merriam- Webster) This paper will explain why sexism exists, specific cases in which sexism can be seen, sexism in the government, and offer a solution to help end this problem. Through the majority of the United States background, sexism was rarely spoken of.
Women have come a long way throughout history from the right to vote to be able to work in the workplace. They have faced a lot of discrimination but have been able to fight through each situation, but yet there are disparities between men and women in the workplace from the pay gap to positions. But why are these disparities present? Katty Kay and Clarie Shipman, writers of the article The Confidence Gap, believe the answer is confidence. This article argues that the reason why women do not pursue higher positions is due to low confidence through a pathos appeal directed at the audience, an ethos appeal given by the credibility of the authors, and a logos appeal by a variety of statistics and studies.
Women still faced inequality and discrimination, but in the words of the Virginia Slim’s slogan, which was marketed toward women in the sixties and seventies, “You’ve come a long way, baby!” (Catalano, pg. 76). The simple fact that product marketing, which was not for household products, food, or clothing, was being directed toward women was evidence of a new group of people with purchasing power. Women were no longer sitting idly by as decisions were being made for them. They were out in the working world, the political world, and the commerce world, making things happen and being counted
The life of Women in the late 1800s. Life for women in the 1800s began to change as they pushed for more rights and equality. Still, men were seen as better than women, this way of thinking pushed women to break out from the limitations imposed on their sex. In the early 1800s women had virtually no rights and ultimately were not seen as people but they rather seen as items of possession, it wasn’t until the late 1800s that women started to gain more rights. The Civil War actually opened opportunities for women to gain more rights, because with many of the men gone to war women were left with the responsibilities that men usually fulfilled during that time period.
The way women and men have been treated has improved significantly, however, as true as that may be the social barrier restricting all genders has not completely vanished. The gender expectations still live within societies. Social expectations have been implemented since the start of civilization; humans have built social barriers such as gender expectations and unspoken rules that have tried to restrict women from pursuing their goals, and even at times, to be rejected by society and their families. In The Awakening written by Kate Chopin, she writes about a girl named Edna who experienced a harsh aftermath of defiance to the societal expectations in her society, because of social expectations she had to struggle to overcome the judgment,
Mother she was a monster). The main point in the video was that men and women should work together in order to gain gender equality. But in the text we have been studying, we see that it is a different standpoint and that we have progressed from what it once
Since the women in the igbo tribe had such a dominate role in society this caused the women to get used to this and accept their role even though the were portrayed as lesser. The effect of this is that the women never challenged this role because they were used to it and then it soon grew on to them and became
The same could not be said of the United States where, while women now held the majority of rights a man did, she was still considered lesser and, to many, a man’s possession. In both places, sexism and the traditional view of women still stood regardless of what slowly changing societal norms implemented by the government tried to change. The battle between political ideology and traditional ideology can be seen in the propaganda of women and the role they played during World War II. Was it necessary or ideology that allowed women to play the role that they did during the war and shaped the portrayal of these women on the propaganda? If it was necessity, then the traditional ideology, that women were meant to be wives and mothers still stood.
While reading about American history the thing that I found most appealing was the limited rights that women had during this era. Although women gave the early settlers longer life expectancy and brought hope to their future, women still were not considered equal to a man. Women were discriminated against and didn’t play an important role in early American history. Generally, women had fewer legal rights and career opportunity than men because they were considered weak and not able to perform certain tasks. Different women came from different ethnic backgrounds and were all created equal in the eyes of men.
In the 1800’s and even the 1900’s women were not considered as equal as they are today, and misogyny was expected. Even still women are constantly fighting for equal rights, so the idea of men always having power or superiority over women hasn’t gone away. Considering that the two texts The Yellow Wallpaper and The Story of an Hour were both written in the early 1880’s, they have a very different approach to the men and women’s relationships that are present in the texts. In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s, Yellow Wallpaper and Kate Chopin’s, The Story of an Hour both authors explore how the women in the stories have to hide their true identity, due to the influence of the men in their lives. The two writers each use similes/metaphors, a similar mood throughout the story and a great deal of imagery to outline
The attitudes and perceptions of women change in the 1960s and 1970s because of the Women’s Movement. During this time, the racial civil rights movement was in motion and succeeding and women believed that they too needed to have full equality. For example, women believed that they should be getting their own wages and so many joined the workforce. They realized that they were being discriminated during hiring because businesses would specifically ask for male or female employees and the women would be paid way less. People believed that women were meant to be mothers, not workers.
Even though many changes have been made in an effort to stop this problem, it is not fully over yet. Women are still being discriminated against in the workplace even when they do an equal job. Women should not have to endure some discrimination just because of their genders. It is unfair for employees to decide that women are worth less than men. This problem has caused many women to come forward and fight, but that alone cannot solve the problem.