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.
The American Women were voiceless, they had no say in society, however the reform movement would change that. Married women had very little rights compared to husband. One major human right violation was women 's lack of property rights.. Even if the property belonged to their family, once they were married that land became their husbands. In divorce and custody battles, mostly favored the husband.
Eventually, women were able to work and often got jobs as nurses or seamstresses during wartime. Regardless of their position, women always were paid less than men, and this is still a common theme of today. Additionally public education was almost completely inaccessible to women until a women’s department of education was added in the 1770s. Approaching the 1850s the women’s rights
Women had always been considered lesser than man, and had few rights compared to men. They were expected to stay home and nurture the family. In 1848, many women refused to allow their rights to be “compromised” and held the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. One of these women was Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She played a huge role in the women’s rights movement and became one of its founders.
For example, women weren’t allowed to vote, if they were married they had no property rights, they couldn’t gain education because no colleges or universities didn’t want women students, and women were made totally dependent on men. The women’s suffrage movement took place in the middle of the 19th Century. During this time, women struggled to vote and run for office. The problem was that women weren’t being treated as equals. “Deep cultural beliefs in male/female differences in attitudes and abilities supported this situation and giving the women the vote posed a direct threat to male powers and privileges” (Cooney Robert Taking a New Look - The Enduring Significance of the American Woman Suffrage Movement).
Thirdly, most wives in the late 19th-20th century didn’t have much of an education, because they were forced to stay home and take care of domestic tasks. Today, they receive the same education as their husbands, and are treated equally, if not more respectfully than men are. They have the same rights and freedoms, but unfortunately are paid less, and are given lower-ranked positions than men. Thus, it is better to be a wife in the 21st century rather than have to face the difficulties wives had to face in earlier times. Rather than have to face these obstacles, and be treated worse than they deserve, being a wife in the 21st century brings women much more freedom.
The Unnamed Woman Up until the 1900’s woman had few rights, thus they relied heavily on men. Women could not vote, they could not own their own property, and very few worked. Women’s jobs were solely to care for children and take care of the home. Women during this time, typically accepted their roles in society and the economy ( “Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1909”). Women in the 1800’ and early 1900’s were treated the same as slaves, second class citizens who had no voice or decision over their lives.
There are many leading figures who took a stand for women's rights, Alice Paul is one of them. During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, women had very little rights and Alice Paul wanted to change that. Alice was taught at a young age that women and men should be equal. Paul decided that she wanted to make this a reality. In 1912,Paul became a member of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.
Gender roles in the South were somewhat different than that of the North, but were still heavily patriarchal. Women had little to no say in anything in their personal lives as well as politically because they did not have the right to vote. However, in the mid 1830’s to 1840’s, different moral reform movements such as temperance, sexual morality and abolition swept the Middle-Atlantic
It is rare to see woman from this time to be portrayed this way because they were not thought of this way. “They shall think we are accomplished with that we lack” - Portia (3.4.) It was expected back then that only men had the capacity to handle such jobs as lawyers so Portia had no choice but to disguise herself as a man to become a lawyer. Society during that time, believed that women weren’t intelligent enough to take on such roles. Women in the Merchant of Venice go against their gender roles.
Women suffrage was a prominent issue during the 18th century. Before the issue arose, women had very typical characteristics and roles in society. They mostly stayed home and cared for their children and completed house work. Moreover, women commonly did not have social and legal rights. Their spouse was considered the brains and wealth of the family.
Women segregation started to become more active when females, including some men, had gathered at the Seneca Falls Conventions in 1848 (History). The convention was organized by reformers named Elizabeth Stanton and Lucretia Mott. The meeting consisted of about 300 abolitionist activists’ women, and 40 were men. During this meeting, the group discussed about women equality and voting rights. Once the meeting had begun, there were various mentioning of women suffrage.
Women have always worked at home, minding the children and cooking for their husband while finding time to make clothes for their family. In the nineteenth century, women got the chance to do things they did at home for money. Women got to spread their wings a little and teach or sew clothes or write for money. They did have trouble getting the right to do so. With the women suffrage movement and the United States needing to do things instead of slaves, women got their independence.