The Women’s Right Movement changed the lives of the American Women for the better, due to gaining the right to vote, access to higher education, and the opportunity to enter the workforce. Before the reform movements of Women’s right, the American women were discriminated in society, home life, education, and the workforce. Women in the 1800s could not only vote, but they also were forbidden to speak in public. They were voiceless and had no self-confidence, they dependent men, since they had little to no rights (Bonnie and Ruthsdotter). Before the reform movement, the American Women were voiceless, they had no say in society, however the reform movement will soon change that.
Women were viewed as men’s property so they had to do whatever the husband wanted them to do. Also they did the entire domestic work and look after the children. These views affected their lives as they couldn’t do many things like sue their husband for adultery, for beating them and if they tried to run away they’d be captured by the police and bought back to the husband. The women had to look after children and the domestic work which people then thought that this was all they were good for so they didn’t give them a good education or a well paying job. Finally the men didn’t think much of women for doing things that they could.
Power tended to lean more to the husband than the wife, since men could work professional jobs, along with taking care of the family. Muslims are considered one of the several “people of the book”, and follow the word of the Quran. The Quran clearly states that women should be treated with respect, but eventually Islamic custom ruled that out. Women in Islam, all throughout 600-800 CE, were not treated with much respect, as it was for most other cultures. Women were usually uneducated, and in the household, they were expected to raise children, cook, and clean.
Women were lower paid and were restricted to do less skilled work, as they were considered incompetent. Working class women also worked in the trades producing hats and constructing dresses. So when the soldiers went out to fight how was left to do the men’s jobs? The women started assuming the positions that men usually held, and they liked it. Women wanted the same working rights as men, and they fought hard for it.
Since ancient times women haven’t been treated equally, even now-a-days they still aren’t completely treated as equally as men. After reviewing these documents it is clear to me that ancient cultures show us that women’s status was subordinate to men’s status because women didn’t always have a choice in what happened to them. They were considered property, while they also brought in most of the food by gathering and through agriculture. Even with inequality women had their ways of manipulating the men. To better understand how these documents relate to each other, a document about the time period from a woman’s point of view such as “The Life and Words of an !Kung Woman” because it is hard to look at the subject without looking at both sides, male and female.
They did not believe women had a voice in decision making or policy. Men viewed women as objects. They felt strongly that they were to attend to him and do as he tells. Men also saw themselves at a higher hierarchy than women. They truly believed they were better than the women and had more rights than the women.
They do not have the right to vote, make their own decisions, and they definitely cannot voice their individual opinions in society. Even the father of Pakistani girls believes that their daughters are nothing more than a future “breeding tool. The role of these young girls once married is to produce as many males as their body will allow. That way, the women in Pakistan grow up with the mentality that they are just the backstage crew in the production of life. Sadly, it seems that the women in Pakistan honestly believe that they are below the men in their country because they continue to allow this behavior to continue, without revolutionizing like the women in many other countries, including the US, once did.
We know this is not true because women have done everything in this world that men have including dangerous adventure sports yet they considered to be lower than men .Their talents are not as recognized as men’s talents are and they are mostly looked upon as not being fit for the same jobs as men are. These issues are presented in the texts examined in this essay. The song “What it feels like for a Girl” by Madonna and the essay “Fifty one percent Minority” by Doris Anderson are about Gender Inequality and how women are treated in society. The song by Madonna describes the pressure women feel to conform to social norms of politeness and subservience and the essay by Doris Anderson is about discriminatory practises that are done against women in Canada. Anderson is also one of Canada’s leading advocates of women rights.
Two Women of Camelot A heroine is a woman who risks her life, money, job, or health to save someone’s life, or does a good deed that doesn’t benefit her. History has many women, but very few are heroines because women weren’t allowed to do risky things the way men were. Heroines might rescue children, but they never rescue other women or men. This is not the kind of story that poets bothered repeating. Heroines are supposed to be “good” women.
So they are seen as a distraction and menstruation is seen as unclean and so it pollutes holy places. so for example women who are menstruating cannot touch the koran. however there are many religions thats are seen to never be opressive so for example quakerism. So not all religion opress women which agrees with the question that women are no longer opressed by religion. Although many women cannot be in higher power where the church i concerned some women have taken leadership roles in religion thus these women are not opressed which would suggest that all women are no longer opressed.