Social Standings Essay

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Social Standings Throughout US history women’s status has been secondary to men. In some ways women have been viewed as a second class citizen with their main purpose being reproduction, motherhood, and wifehood. They have been viewed as intellectually inferior to men but also a major source of temptation and evil. (http://www.wic.org/misc/history.htm) Women have also been called the weaker sex, but what was not realized then is that all that housework did and still does include heavy labor. It was highly unheard of for women to work outside their household in the beginning. “Thomas Aquinas, the 13th-century Christian theologian, said that woman was "created to be man's helpmeet, but her unique role is in conception . . . since for other purposes men would be better assisted by other men." (http://www.wic.org/misc/history.htm) The status of women in the US today is getting better, although to some women are still considered to be a second class citizen and that their place is still only in the household. Luckily there are more and more women standing up for themselves and what is right for them. There are still areas that need to be worked on and made better. For one wages paid to women are still considerably less than that of a man’s earnings are for the same type of work. Even though there are still things that need improving, there are have been other breakthroughs. For example for the first time ever it has been made to pass that women can now train and test for combat within our military branches. For several years women have been pigeon holed into administrative and other office type position within the military. With the help of new legislation this is all about to change. Requirements to go into combat is that they pass the same training and testing of that of the male enlistees. Most of us at one point or another can remember being told that “little

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