Naden khaled Ms. Amanda 11C 22/2/2017 Women’s Education and Jobs in The Antebellum Era Although women in the antebellum era were far from seen as equal american citizens, many changes happened that affected the way that the community looks at women. From nothing to schools that helped them learn and help them get a bigger opportunity. Despite how great women are now, long ago they didn’t have the right to work or even to go to schools. Women were expected to sit at home take care of the kids and maybe take care of a farm if she had one. Before the civil war women had somewhat of an education.
In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s it was incredibly difficult for a woman to express her thoughts simply because she was not a man. The two novels, The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, and The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton, use their writing to explore what it would be like for a woman to explore herself. The Awakening is a story about a woman, Edna, who is determined to find her true self no matter what it takes. In the story, Edna leaves her husband and begins living on her own, in her own house in order to find her independence. This search for independence is interesting because I believe that it is something that I can relate to, even in this day and age.
She does not fit the status quo of what it meant to be a woman during the Victorian era and with that came the tenacity and strength which forced the men around her to treat her as an equal. She always spoke her mind which led some to praise her and others to condemn her. She challenged and upset the customs of the time period by presenting herself in a way that would not become normal for another 100 years. Overall, the book represents early feminism and has one of the strongest female protagonists of any historical fiction
Explain Why Women Were Becoming Increasingly Concerned With Their Rights in the Early Twentieth Century In the early twentieth century, women began to change their views on their rights, and defy what was expected of them. The roles of women in the nineteenth century led to this, and the first example of women going against their roles was the Match Girls’ Strike, and later on the formation of the suffragists and the suffragettes. Women in the nineteenth century, for the most part, had to or were expected to follow the roles presented to them by society. They were to become housewives, without following further education or a career. Women could be sold or auctioned as if a possession, and were considered the property of their husbands.
In the book, The Bonds of Womanhood Nancy F. Cott illustrates the life of women during the 17th century, after the first settlers arrived in New England. Cott stresses the different and important aspects of women’s life during this time. Exploring their rights and duties, and finally the slow rise of womanhood and the gaining of important privilege, which, during this time, were common only for men. In the third chapter “Education”, Cott describes the role of education for women during the seventeenth century and how females were excluded from attending educational establishment since being literate was seen as a disgusting characteristic. It was inconceivable for women to attend public school during the seventeenth century if at all possible girls were allowed to attend dame schools.
Before the Women 's Rights reforms, American women were discriminated in society, home life, education, and the workforce. As a result of the Women 's Rights Movement, women gained the right to vote, access to higher education and opportunities to enter the workforce, overall changing the femmine life for the better. Women in the 1800s were stripped of their voice, not only were they unable to vote, they were often kept from speaking openly in public. Their lack of rights left them dependent on men (Bonnie and Ruthsdotter). The American Women were voiceless, they had no say in society, however the reform movement would change that.
The Awakening is a novel written by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. During this time, women were expected to be feminine, domestic, submissive and have many other, “desirable” traits imposed by Victorian society. In this novel, Chopin explores gender roles and the social restraints placed on women, shunning the idea of women having self-expression. Throughout the text, one sees the ways in which Edna Pontellier, the main character, struggles with finding her identity through confronting a society which shames independent women who have no desire to fit in the roles which have been assigned to them since birth. Edna finding it impossible to continue living after realizing or more like, awakening to this realization, therefore commits suicide
During the late nineteenth century, the time of the protagonist Edna Pontellier, a woman’s place in history was mostly confined to her children and her husband, with there being little of herself to enjoy. Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, embodies the triumphs and frustrations in a woman’s life as she struggles with handling strict societal demands. Defying the roles of a typical “mother-woman,” Edna battles with the pressures of her time that demand she be a devoted and controlled housewife. One of the first overtly feminist novels, The Awakening criticizes gender and social roles in ways that have now heavily influenced what we call feminism. One of the first ways that Chopin battles the nineteenth century Victorian era is with
This novel, The Awakening, is about a woman named Edna Pontellier learns to think of herself as an independent human being. Also, Edna Pontellier refuses to obey against the social norms by leaving her husband Leónce Pontellier and having an affair with Robert Lebrun. Kate Chopin describes societal expectations and the battle of fitting the mold of motherhood in the Awakening by how Edna Pontellier and Adele Ratignolle contribute to their family in different ways. Edna Pontellier’s attitude toward motherhood is that she is not a perfect mother-women. Adele Ratignolle’s attitude toward motherhood is that she is a perfect mother-women.
According to women 's right activists, If discrimination begins, even before birth, very little change will happen. Women have been deprived of their rights for years, but society has changed, to some extent. During the mid Nineteenth century, magazines, books, newspapers, often described woman as too delicate, sensitive to be able to survive outside their homes
In the mid-1800s, women had a hard time being a woman back then. They had NO rights. They couldn’t own property, receive an education, earn money for the work they put in, nor could they vote. So a group of women decided to create a document called the “Declaration of Sentiments” to fight for their rights. They presented the Declaration of Sentiments to a
Women’s Movement--Phyllis Schlafly Not every woman with six children has the courage and time to fight for the privileges of women, but not every woman is Phyllis Schlafly of course. If we go back in time, we all know that many women have been suffering inequality for decades. For example, the obligations of women were to stay at home as moms or wives, and usually they depended on their husbands for everything. However, “Schlafly, a conservative activist best known for her opposition to modern feminist, and successful campaign against the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” believed that American women are the most fortunate people because they can have children and men don’t, but also that women can do anything they make up