With the rise of civilization also came the rise of patriarchy-based societies and the slow decline of the importance of women in society. For the longest time the history of the world has been written by men who have been the head of the patriarchy and have forgotten the role of women in history. It is important to realize that women do in fact have a place at the table with men when it comes to importance in history, and are not just the ones cooking and serving the meal. It is women who tasked with raising the next generation. By looking at women of the past, people of the future can learn and evolve to fight oppression and gain their own power.
Although we can technically act the way we want, women are still expected to be ladylike and feminine. In most cases, women are still considered to be weaker than men. Society still frowns at us at a few things. We are judged on how we present ourselves, what we wear, and our marital status. Women are still expected to get married and have kids.
Throughout History, women have long struggled and fought for the same equality, justice, and rights as males in society. Historians have two opposing views of what life was like in Puritan society. One side argues that Puritan society was a golden age for women as they worked alongside their husbands, had an important role in the household. However, opposing historians argue that Puritan women were inferior to men in the society for five main reasons. Women were inferior because they were supposed to be silent company, they only received half the inheritance of their brothers, they were meant to have and take care of the children, they received harsher punishment for their wrongs, and they had to follow strict rules.
Throughout the course of history, they have been denied many freedoms that every man has and they want to be equal to their counterparts. In 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified in the United States of America and developed the women’s suffrage. Slowly, women are receiving the freedoms of being their own person rather than this stereotypical woman figure that has been long awaited for because they should already be treated equal among men. The key features that women have been viewed as stereotypical is femininity, care, nurture, maternity, and dependent upon men. Society expects women to have the ideal feminine characteristics; however, women do not always generally have those types of traits and can have some just like men.
Most servants were young unmarried women. The working conditions for domestic servants were very poor. Servants were often treated badly by their employer, young women especially, would be abused or even raped. “I saw a man forty years my senior daily violating the most sacred commandments of nature. He told me I was his property; that I must be subject to his will in all things.” (doc 7) Men were never punished for their dreadful acts on female slaves.
It is true that women had more jobs, but they were only hired because their wages were lower than men’s. Women in rural areas usually didn’t have the new mechanical products to help them in the house, and if they did, if they lived on farms – which the majority of worn did; then they would help in the farm, and they took acre of the children and the house at the same time. The second largest group of American women were the ones in families of labourers, which means that they got very low wages, so the wives had to take care of the children and the house, as well as work. Women also gained the right to vote in the 1920s, but they were nowhere close to equality with men. Political parties believed that women deserved to vote, but they didn’t want them to be political candidates as they considered them ‘unelectable’.
For instance, Muslim culture has a lot of rules compared to Christian culture. For example, Mala states, “Nowhere is it written in the Quran that a woman should be dependent on a man. The word has not come down from the heavens to tell us that every woman should listen to a man”. She states further, “We felt like the Taliban saw us as like little dolls to control, telling us what to do and how to dress”. The Muslim culture controls how their society treats women.
The 3 points I will cover today are gender roles in the United States, the Middle East, and how gender roles are changing in these countries. In the United States gender roles effect both men and women. "The roles of women in society" Joann Marshall talks about how women are expected to be good cooks, cleaners, and take care of the family. A women should be feminine, but not too much or shes weak. A women should have a good job, but still be the main care taker of the family.
Wollstonecraft’s powerful literary work presents rational principles so women can liberate themselves from oppression. Specifically, a social construct in which women were second tier to men in every aspect of their lives. Wollstonecraft argues that both men and women were born with the right to reason, and that women should have access to the same education, power, and influence in society as men do. During this time period, education played a strong role in women appearing unintelligent due to their lack of proper education. Wollstonecraft believes that if women have the same opportunities as men and proper training in math, philosophy, and science, then they could become productive and influential members of society.
The main reason why the women are there are just to become a good wife and have many children. The cause of this is because people wanted many children so they could help with work. The effect of this was this became the dominate role for women and all the women did was have babies, take care of children, and certain task they were assigned for example cooking or gathering water. Another piece of evidence to support this is how even though the men had more priority over women some women had accepted this lesser role over time. “Although there were clear disadvantages to women, paradoxically, many of them enjoyed being provided for and complied to the female gender roles that had be reinforced within the group for years.
Women don’t need men because they can function without them and if not better. These women can outrun, outsmart and reproduce asexually better than men. So, why are the men in power in the late 19th century refusing rights to women if in fact women are the superior of the genders. To those men, they “do not allow our women to work. Women are loved—idolized—honored—kept in the home to care for the children.” Gilman shows that women are capable of more than that and can exceed the capabilities of means that they can function without them.
Most African women also suffer from the violence of their husband, the woman must have a male child in order to curry on the name of the family and failed to give a male child leads to having more than one wife. In conclusion the African and afghan women live very simmer life’s they bot suffer a lot and are forced to do things they aren’t happy with, the afghan women and African women fall under the rule of the man and wear traditional clothing to be hidden from other mean, Africa and afghan are so similar in so many ways and how they live both being third world, they suffer but they listen and follow the rules of thus husbands and rules of the
Like the planets rotate by the will of the sun’s gravity or a dog obeys his master so has woman been bent by the will of man. Woman has been made to be the docile and fragile creature who depends upon the strong and sturdy hands of man. Always the damsel who needs his saving. It was no different in Ancient Greece where “women were seen as objects.” (Arthur, p. 86) Within the misogynist society a woman’s role was only one of being a powerless housewife while men would go about their lives doing as they pleased. Everything from religion, politics, and education to entertainment and literature was dominated by the misogynistic ideal that women were inferior to men.