However, Ismene is distraught at the idea of defying the king (104). Ismene tells her sister that they are only women and not fit to challenge men (105). Ismene says this to convince her sister not to bury their brother as it not only against the law, but wrong for a woman to challenge the orders of any man, let alone the king. She warns Antigone that acting above one’s place would not be a wise decision (105). Ismene knows that if Antigone is caught burying their brother, her gender will surely affect the harshness of her
Abigail Adams was anything but a fan when it came to the matter and sent her a husband a letter acknowledging that “[Abigail Adams had] sometimes been ready to think that the passion for liberty cannot be equally strong in the breasts of those who had been accustomed to deprive their fellow creatures of theirs… of this I am certain that it’s not founded upon that generous and Christian principle of doing to others as we would that others should do unto us” (Caroli). Abigail Adams pushed against slavery by urging men to drop the title of “master” as it created the visual of slavery and much preferred the title “friend”. Abigail Adams also fought for “Literacy rights for slaves and free blacks” (Lerner). Abigail felt that the idea of slavery was dangerous to the creation of the American Republic and sensed that no country would be able to “Declare itself a democracy based on freedom when it deprived people of their freedom by enslaving them” (Hendricks) and called the people and their nation out on their hypocrisy as many fought for liberty while defending anything but true liberty. In the book “Abigail Adams” by Woody Holton it is mentioned that “as a child and teenager [she] had benefited from unfree labor” (Holton, 71) and during her marriage with John Adams, the two did not think to participate in slavery.
Evodie Saadoun Trevor Kallimani Hist 210 13th October 2015 Women in the American Revolution There is a proverb that says, “The woman is born free and remains equal to men in rights”. Since the eighteenth century, women still try to be equal to men and try to be independent. During the American Revolution, women were dependent on their husband. This meant they had to cook, clean and take care of their children. They were not allowed to do what they wanted.
Because of sexist opinions of the time, many people believed that a woman had no power to create change, especially in government since she could not vote. Women themselves believed this societal expectation, and although Grimke does not reject society’s idea of femininity and womanhood entirely, she specifically rejects their supposed political incompetence in a rebuttal. Using evidence from general and specific political movements in England, all of which were greatly aided by the support of women petitioning the government, Grimke assured her audience that “When the women of these States send up to Congress such a petition our legislators will arise, as did those of England, and say: ‘When all the maids and matrons of the land are knocking at our doors we must legislate.’” (Grimke, 192) This summary of her somewhat vague past points is similarly nonspecific; however, this is still effective since simply alluding to historical events rather than explaining them was sufficient for an audience that knew more about England and its history than contemporary Americans do today. After giving various premises of past and present movements English women were and are participating in, she directly compares English and American governments in this passage when she comes to the
He places her in the nursery of the colonial mansion, despite her requests to be placed otherwise, “I don 't like our room a bit. I wanted one downstairs... but John would not hear of it” (Gilman, 2). The narrator’s husband dictates all aspects of her life to the point where she internalizes her husband 's authority, accepting his dominance over her, “I sometimes fancy that in my condition if I had less opposition and more society and stimulus—but John says the very worst thing I can do is think about my condition, and I confess it always makes me feel bad,” (Gilman, 2). Even though the narrator knows what she needs is to be active surrounded by people instead of cooped up alone in a house out in the countryside, she abruptly stops her train of thought as she remembers John’s instructions to not think about her condition. Connie and the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” are both vulnerable and victims of circumstance.
He 's falling short. The man in the house should be the protector and provider for the family. But if you 're caught up with the police or in and out of jail, then you leave your family at risk to danger at any moment. Gross feels like she has no one to talk or run too when she’s weary and feeling blue. And trust me when I say she 's speaking on behalf of the women across America.
For example, in the article, Brady stated, “I want a wife to keep track of the children’s doctor and dentist appointments”. Moreover, the audience can comprehend one of many wife’s roles and responsibility. The article is directed towards men and women in order to demonstrate the detriments a wife is to the husband. “I Want a Wife” portrays a message to women to stop the nonsense and take action on this demoralizing situation. The 1970s is a time where women are taking a stand to the social expectations and when the situation is starting to slowly fade
In Document D, Abigail Adams exclaims, in the John Adams miniseries, that Congress is like the King, because they don’t care for women and slaves (Source D). When Abigail tells her husband this, it displays her opinion that the King isn’t being fair to the Congress. In return, the Congress isn’t being fair to the women, which means that she needs to stand up for herself and the other women that need a say in laws and government. In Source B, Adams writes, “…we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or representation.” Similar to Source D, this quote illustrates how strongly Abigail Adams’ determination would take her. She believed that women have no voice or representation in Congress, and this would cause a rebellion, because women should be treated as equals.
However, this is inaccurate because he avoids Abigail and risks everything for his wife. Elizabeth was taken by the court because she was accused for being a witch, but John knows she is a good women and fights for her. Elizabeth is worth the trouble of going to the court and defying the government. It is honorable for a husband to protect his wife after all they are family. John is talking to the court and tell the court a secret that no one knows about, John’s reputation is on the line.
In some cases, people believed inequality, but they would not risk their social status in order to fight for women. Sexism is still a problem today and I believe it was bred from various of generations of that constant mentality. I believe that the men who read this article in 1972 scoffed at it and said “Women should know their place.” Women, however, were most likely motivated and empowered by articles like this one. Women who were dumb and brainwashed by their sexist husband probably read a piece such as this one and quickly told themselves that woman should always stay at home, “it’s just the way life is.” If I were to live in the 1970s, I would have been apart of every feminist movement ever held. This type of writing inspires me, but also angers me as it most likely did to some women when this was written.