Clarisse was not selfish. She sacrifices to leave her husband and visited her friends in Biloxi. Calixta was a hardworking woman. She spends most of her time at home doing all chores as housewife (338). Clarisse, on the other hand is never showed when working.
Today, women are not required to be caretakers for children because women are allowed to have jobs. Consequently, women in today’s society have earned the same rights that men are granted, in turn, creating a large difference from the Puritan
The gender role for a woman has been challenged, debated, and adjusted throughout many years. In the late 19th century, the ideal woman was considered to be one who “obeys male authority” and “focuses on the home and children” (Edgenuity Lesson: Rights for Women). This meant that the role of married women was mainly limited to the chores at home. Some of these chores included cooking and cleaning the home.
Then, the ladies would either become a nurse, or stay home and take care of the children and cook. The only woman's job mentioned in Romeo and Juliet was a nurse. The nurse played a very important role in the play; however, she acts more like a family member to Juliet than an actual nurse. In modern times women can have any job they want to have, even if it's considered a man's job.
In a society conforming to patriarchy the women 's places is said to be in the kitchen; in this film we see that in some instances this archaic belief is still the case. This is seen when Nancy expresses that her husband (Alan) believes that everything to do with the house, school and backyard are her domain. Nancy, somewhat, defies this stereotypical role by working and admitting that she does not always find pleasure in cleaning and looking after the children. Penelope however in the beginning of the film plays into this stereotype; she plays the dutiful wife by cooking, cleaning and being a stay at home mother. Women and how society stereotypically sees them role is also seen by all the comments Alan makes throughout the film such as 'Women always think you need the man, the father, like it will do any good ' and 'Women think too much '.
The author Dorothy W. Hartman provide research of study done on the role of women in both urban middle class and of immigrant women. Hartman illustrate that both type women were tied to household duties and taking care of children. Hartman acknowledge that in the mid 1800’s, that “Cult of Domesticity” arose in society believed and stated that women’s role is simply to mothers and a wives. Women had little contact with others and little relief from everyday tasks other than household responsibilities. Under the subtitle labeled Keeping the Home, the author refers to an article written by Catherine Beecher that states “ a really good housekeeper is almost unhappy…
In Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s short story “The New England Nun” The protagonist Louisa is faced with being pressured by society to play the role of a women. Women in this particular century had a certain role in life . They were either wives or mothers who cooked and cleaned. Louisa conformed to this role even without the pressures of a family. Although many women at the time we're starting to reject house work as a way to free themselves .
Within the novel, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, Madame Ratignolle’s character possesses traits that emphasize, by contrast the characteristics and behavior of Edna Pontellier. Despite being close friends within the novel, Adele and Edna have contrasting views and behaviors that illuminate the theme of female freedom and the tradition of female submission and male domination. Madame Ratignolle and Edna Pontellier are close friends, but their views toward raising children differ fundamentally. Madame Ratignolle would sacrifice her identity to devote herself entirely to her children, household, and husband, whereas Edna would not. Besides their views towards raising children, how they raise their children also differs.
Finally, at the end of the book Alyce is confident. Alyce changed her character because when she started to help the midwife around her cottage, food and warmth wasn’t her main priority because she was getting food and shelter for helping the midwife.. She started to become useful when the midwife wasn’t home and people needed help, which forced her to at least try. After all the times she was helping people, she was confident in her ability as a midwife’s apprentice. She even thought that one day she could be a midwife.
This sets her as someone that only cares about herself and that doesn’t really care what others say. Connie is a different and jealous girl at home.. Connie’s mom would tell her that why would she be like her sister June, “..Connie had to hear her praised all the time by her mother and her mother’s sisters. June did this, June did that, she saved money and helped cleaned the house and cooked and Connie couldn’t do a thing …” (Oates 233)
Society has had this concept of what women’s role in life should be since the beginning of time. For as long as anyone can remember, humanity expected women to stay at home, attend the men’s needs, and take care of household duties. Since society has evolved, women have more freedom, rights, and respect from others. However, there is still a small percentage who think women have a distinct place in life and shouldn’t drift from their “path”. In Twin Peaks and “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”, women were treated as if they were irrelevant and melodramatic.
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.
Betty Friedan was born on February 4, 1921, in Peoria, Illinois. She was known for her active participation in women’s rights back in the 1950s. She went out of the norm to create equality for females. Back in those days, not only women but minorities had barely any rights in society. Only white men in the United States benefitted, where they were the only ones who had control, be it businesses, the government, and even in the family.
When the topic of the American revolution during the years 1765-1783 is discussed, the mind races through all the horrifying battles men fought, the declarations men made, the brave male soldiers they drafted, and the founding fathers who wrote the constitution. But what is rarely mentioned is all the behind the scenes work women were responsible for while men were off fighting in the military. The war disrupted their ordinary lives, and the everyday roles men were employed in needed to be filled. Women throughout the United States assumed untraditional roles to so that life would continue, now being involved in politics, factories, businesses, commanding the household, and helping during battle.