She supported the belief that motherhood in itself was not derogatory or damaging. But when women do not acquire proper formal education, because of then duty as mother or wives then they suffer from loss of self-esteem and dignity. Wollstonecraft states that women should not sacrifice themselves at the altar of motherhood. Wollstonecraft says, “To be a mother a woman must have sense, and that independence of mind which few woman possess, who are taught to depend entirely on their husbands. Such wives are foolish mothers”(106).
Although the Declaration of Independence advocated for a society with equality and basic rights for all humans, the newly created America of the 17th and 18th centuries seemed to forget about giving rights to a large group of people: women. Women were expected to behave in a specific way, facing harsh judgement if they strayed, and their actions were mostly limited to the home. The expectations placed on women’s behavior, which were decided by men, included being obedient and controlling their emotions so they would not bother their husbands. The extent of most women’s education was learning how to care for a household, and there were few places women could go for enjoyment, lessening their quality of life. However, some women, such as Abigail
Making emphasis that some men are selfish and they want everything without give something in return. In addition, Brady says, “I want a wife who will work and send me to school. And while I am going to school I want a wife to take care of my children” (502). This shows that men think only for themselves, they want to worry only for one things, and their wife need to take care of everything else. Overall, Brady’s goal is sow the readers that some women are treated without respect by men, leading in failure of
The author shows how many women would value independence back then in 1894. Many women were limited to getting the same opportunities for education as men did. Mrs. Mallard wanted the same opportunities as her husband and other men had, which was to be able to work, get an education etc. Mrs. Mallard felt that she was trapped in her marriage meaning she wasn’t independent. Many women in the nineteenth and early twentieth century felt they lost their freedom and independence once they got married.
The role they were groom to do at a very young age was to be the perfect wife and mother, learning proper manners and how to be submissive and meek. The roles that the women in the 21st century were playing are those of what morals their parents place in them, don’t let a man control you, you are your own woman and so on. The differences are that the women of yesterday were taught that because they are women they don’t do what men do and that they are the weaker sex even though women give birth, clean the house and take care of everyone. The women of today can do whatever they want if they put their mind to it because we have learned that men and women are the equal, that a woman can be a CEO and/or work in a male dominated trade skill that requires manual labor, long hours, and getting dirty. Thanks to all the women suffrages who fought for our right to do whatever we want; we can vote, sue, divorce, adopted, have abortions, and even drive
Back in the 70’s women were financially dependent on their husband’s for almost everything because of unequal job opportunities. While there were still jobs for women, it was expected that they be a stay at home mom. Even more, women were overwhelmingly employed in certain occupations that have been traditionally oriented toward them, such as, domestic servants, salesclerks, factory workers, teachers, secretaries, and nurses. If they did get a better job, they would not get as much business as a man. Since no man would put his business affairs in the hands of a female lawyer or go to a lady doctor, despite the condition they were in.
Wollstonecraft disapproved largely of Rousseau’s critique by first addressing the rights that women were entitled to within the house. During this time, women were mostly confined to their homes and expected to please men as their only duty. The daily life of a married women was to be a care taker and look after the upbringing of offspring. In many cases, women were not permitted to work, but if they did, the job designation, hours and location would be restricted and require little to no skill set. Another restriction placed on women was that they were regarded as mere creatures of feelings that were incapable of forming rational thoughts.
Women as a whole have always been underestimated in their abilities to do certain things such as to join the military and be productive. Women started off having to depend on their husbands for everything. They were known to reproduce, stay at home ,cook ,clean and take care of their young. While men on the other hand made the living for the whole family they worked long hard hours everyday just to have an halfway decent life. The way it looked women would never be able to have independence and provide for themselves.
This is a clear sign of inequality in marriage. Divorce can be dangerous for women and children and when they divorce women must start working and children now are away from both parents, and children of divorce marriage tend to have problems during school or later in their own life as husbands/wife’s. Marriages do not offer nothing to the community or to other relatives because they are more focused in provide to their couples and pleasing each other. Know days marriage is a sacrament and ensures the wellbeing of each member of the
This theory explains that gender causes conflict because of the inequality it brings between males and females. Males are the part of the society who have all of the power and women are seen as the weak link. Women were taught for a long time that they are to obey their husbands, because they are the ones who are in charge of the relationship and their family. Women were seen as care takers of the family because men wanted to make sure that their children were being raised correctly, so they made that the job of their wives, “Therefore, wealthy men devised the family as a way to control both property and the sexuality of women, who were to remain faithful and raise a man’s children” (Macionis 2018: 4.4). As the industrial revolution came in, women were depended on to take care of their family and their home, because men were busy working long hours.