Women's Wives In The 19th-20th Century

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Wives: Then and Now

For centuries, women have been deprived of an education, considered inferior to men, and have been thought of as weak. Only during the last two or three centuries have women started being granted equal rights to those of men. Since the start of society, most women have been deemed unable to provide for their families, apart from carrying out domestic tasks. Today’s wives are drastically different compared to those of previous times, which is why in this essay, the responsibilities, the rights, and actions of today’s wives will be compared to those of the 19-20th century.

Firstly, around the 20th century, there were few wives who went to work, as they were supposed to stay home and do domestic tasks, like: cooking, cleaning,
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For example, back then women had just been allowed to vote. This was a huge change for that time, and changed the course of history. Also, wives could not own a property; it all belonged to their husbands. Today, women have fought for, and acquired much more freedom in regards to rights and freedoms, such as being allowed to vote, being allowed to own property, and having more power over their own decisions.

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. Wives can now make their own choices: if they want to continue staying home, or engage in an active professional life. They can be part of the workforce, playing a much larger role in the economy, contribute to cultural aspects of society, and the future of their
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