They had to live through a real struggle and many died fighting in the Civil War. Women were affected greatly during the Civil War. Most women stayed at home and took on the responsibility of supporting their families. They had to take on their husband’s jobs while still doing theirs, and looking after the children. To provide for their families they worked in the factories and on the farms.
In Antebellum America, gender roles were an important factor in how society ran socially and politically. A middle to upper class woman in the North would rarely be seen outside her home. Women were to be submissive, fragile and stay inside the bounds of their private sphere, which was the home. Men were to be the breadwinners, masculine, and politically engaged. Gender roles in the South were somewhat different than that of the North, but were still heavily patriarchal.
“The diversity of labor in which female engaged, from working on rich plantations in South Carolina to hiring out as seamstresses in Atlanta,” (Catherine M. Lewis, J. Richard Lewis) Female slaves were put to work very often to do jobs that would only benefit their masters. Many female slaves had to work alongside of the threat of
Some of the comparisons brought about in these writings were that both groups were oppressed, controlled and unheard. African Americans worked for low wages and housewives worked for no wages at all. The skills of the African American were not available to help the common good since they were often times stuck in menial jobs or never given the chance because of their skin color. Housewives didn’t get a chance to help the common good because they were taking care of the household, children and a husband. Both groups would like to have been recognized and treated as an equal, but they were unheard voices in a world all too busy to listen.
It was no secret that men of this era were more powerful than women. Burkholder explains that men made, “political decisions, and dominated the lucrative economic activities.” (Burkholder, 240). Women served the purpose of bearing children and working around the house. Elite women however were the exception, as many held claims to mines, agricultural properties, and real estate.
Some people did not employ African Americans just because their race. Women were also treated unfairly during this time. Women are now allowed to vote during this time but they are thought to be housewives, mother and caregivers. It was hard for them to get decent jobs and were mostly rejected. Curley’s wife was treated very unfairly in this book.
The description of women in history during my time as an adolescent was pretty limited besides a few key mentions. The likes of Susan B. Anthony, Queen Elizabeth, Rosa Parks, and Eleanor Roosevelt summed up the general list of impactful women within society in the 1900's. Though these women made profound strides within, civil rights, women's suffrage, education and politics the story told has always been one dimensional. The narrative regarding women in the 1900's was very single note.
Women play a vital role for the human population. Although women populate the earth with humans, women have little rights. During the 1500s and twentieth century, women had little rights in labor and productivity. Women often resided as housewives; caring for children, cooking and cleaning. Often, females did not receive proper education and forced to work in unsafe and sanitary working conditions, such as sweat factories or field work.
Women were getting more fair opportunities in the job world, but this happened very slowly because women still were discouraged from jobs. “Women were still actively discouraged from seeking higher education in many places and were not allowed in some schools. When they could go to school it was rarely for professional degrees.” (Beach). Women did not have any rights to education similarly like they didn’t have any with jobs.
The famous read book was by a women Harriet Beecher Stowes Uncle Toms Cabin. The book talked about how slavery impacted a lot of people’s lives. Factories in Northeast Massachusetts hired women to work in those factories in producing cotton or making shoes. Many other types of women like african americans worked in jobs that belonged to houses for example cooking, cleaning and even taking care of
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.
The women were so important because they took a stand, and stood with it. The women were more independent than ever. Women were able to attend college, to gain more knowledge. Women gaining more education was the biggest fear, they feared that if women gained more education that they would take over and basically rule the world. The men enjoyed having power of women before the Renaissance, but they enjoyed women being “dumber” even more.
Women played a key role in the abolitionist movement that had worked to bring an end to slavery. Many northern women,began by opposing slavery because they had become politically, informed,organized this contributed to their efforts the abolishment of slavery. At the time of 1868, women weren’t allowed to be employment were restricted, they received unequal pay compared to men, they weren’t allowed to commit fornication or extreme abuse. Where women weren’t protected by the laws, they were unable to vote which sparked a movement of suffrage. KKK member also played a huge factor in the gender roles.