They had to take children to school, prepared meals to the family, clean the house, wash the clothes, iron the clothes and help children with homework. Also, the woman couldn’t pursue school, they were expected to just do their chores at home without an opportunity for advancement. They had to make sure everything was spotless for when her husband came home at night. Since man were the only one’s providing for the family the wife had to take upon all the other responsibility including raising the kids mostly on her
Women were seen as just plain housewives performing limited roles that the society had created and was assigned to them. Women are just intended to bear a child, clean the household, cook food and take care of their kids while waiting for their husbands whose been taking care of having jobs and paying any bills that had to be paid.
Women have always been expected to be a certain way in many areas, in politics, religion, and just an ordinary day living life, throughout the years ' women have fought and influenced these areas in many ways and have made society today comfortable for women of future generations. Due to this women were forced to follow the status quo of being a servant to her husband and family. She was confined to the home with the traditional role of being a mother and wife. After she married she had given up any life once dreamed of as well as any career she wished to pursue. Devoting their time to tending to their families, doing chores around the house and preparing meals, was the life of women in the 1900’s.
We are living in a new generation, where the gender roles are switching everyday and becoming more equal. It is a tough world out there for women but they are saying no, we can do what men do and we can do it better. Women go to work everyday and are a huge part of the labor force. While men stay home to raise their children, we are switching the gender roles that have been around for centuries. In the past this would not even be a topic of discussion, such as in the 50’s when women were told their job was to just stay home with the kids and cook and clean all day, having the food on the table when the father got home.
The more fundamental issue is with domestic life as it was conceived and lived at the time, in the way it legally and culturally infantilized women and made it impossible for them to be recognized or treated as full individuals. In the early days women were wives who were intended to cook, clean, and take care of the kids. Before 20th century, women had no legal identity apart from their husbands’. The biological role of women, ‘to give birth to and take care of offspring’, was the main and only job of women. Women were not allowed to do labor intensive work, as they were physically weak.
Women were in control of staying home to take care of their children. Men provided food for the family through the day. Women focused their lives towards labor and religion. “Men had the dominant role in public life in ancient Greece” (Rymer). This system in society conceited women to take care of the house while the men took care of harder things.
It’s A Hard-knock Life To begin, A Doll’s House is an influential and eye-opening play by Henrik Johan Ibsen. With that being said, the play sheds light on what it is like to be a woman during the nineteenth century. In general, women struggled for equality and individuality during the nineteenth century due to society standards. For example, women could not vote, could not sue or be sued, and could not testify in court. As a result, most women remained at home—caring for their children/husband and running the household.
Many societies have different forms of this but fundamentally they are all quite similar, the women are subject to men within the marriage and outside the marriage. Monogamy developed in more detail, primarily for women, after the development of private property and lineage. All this so the man can be certain that he is the father of a certain child of a certain woman. The idealised image of a women in the 19th and 20th century was as stay at home mother, who cooked, cleaned, care for the children and fawned over her husband, who went out to work daily. Things have gradually been changing since the late 20th century, women have been gaining more rights as the century carries on.
Women have an even harder job balancing household obligations and a job. Men place the stereotypical duty of women to stay at home and not work, or work and not have any kids. It is the 21st century and there should be an equal obligation of both the husband and wife to take on the household opportunities. Then, men and women both can succeed in the work field without the household restraints holding women
Women of the early centuries were mostly confined to their kitchens and those who were employed worked in factories, farms or shop works. Very few women had the access to higher education and they were forced to be at the mercy of their fathers’ or husbands’ attitudes towards women and work. The fast developing knowledge economy has given place for more number of women to be enlightened by higher education. Education has not only empowered them but also has given them robust careers. With brain power being the requisite skill in this knowledge era, rather than endurance or physical strength, the women workers seem to flood into every industry on par with men.