Many middle class women were unhappy about this, and after the freedoms and empowerment of women during Weimar they did not like the new constrictions – it seemed almost like a step back for them. However, financial incentives were given to women to stay home and have children, and awards were granted depending on how many children a woman had – the more children, the higher ranking the award. They were told that it was their responsibility to provide soldiers for the future. As a result of this, many more women became mothers than might have down normally. Married couples were encouraged to divorce if their partner was infertile and many women joined Nazi women’s organisations.
Emma Willard opened a seminary for girls, in Troy, New York, in 1821. Her teaching methods were similar to ones used in the boys' schools, which horrified the parents. Yet clearly parents' disapproval did not stop the girls from wanting an education since from 1821-1872, 12,000 girls attended Willard’s school (Women in America). Once given the chance of an education, many of her students even went on to start their own schools. Yet after that, their was right to a higher education, such as a college.
A factor that led to Thatcher’s victory was her upbringing and personality. Margaret Thatcher, commonly known as the ‘Iron Lady’ had always had conservative views from a young age, due to her Methodist upbringing and the individualist approach her father took in work (owning his own business). She was a prodigy of the Grammar School scheme, introduced by 1951 Labour, and believed hard work would get you ahead in life, and this was the approach she took in politics. Thatcher grew up in a concentrated area of strikes in the North, and this is likely to have made her bitter towards the Unions. Source 3 questions ‘whether the country was yet prepared to accept a woman’ however, it is likely that this helped her case, as men had failed Britain for too long.
Issues of Women’s Liberation from the Oppression Found in Society and Marriages Sherry Heide ENG 125 Introduction to Literature Instructor: Louise Becker 09 January 2012 Issues of Women’s Liberation from the Oppression Found in Society and Marriages What is said of women suffrage is not always true today in America or other countries, what is the truth, is that it is based largely on the perception of the woman experiencing the suffering. Women throughout time have suffered from oppression in society and in their own marriages. Gender roles are not something we are but instead something we do. It is completely unnatural for women of today to be the money makers, everything to the children (taxi, disciplinarian, etc..),take out etc cook, housekeeper and so on yet still their husbands will is forced upon the entire family instead of taking his place with his wife as partners. Did the verse found in Genesis chapter 3 vs. 16 cause centuries of women's suffrage?
IAH 201: U.S. & The World (D) The Women’s Rights Movement Starting In the early 1800s women began to question their general role in society and how it is unjust and unfair. Interestingly the educated radicals and working class women in early 1800s were still concerned with the roles and rights of women, they did not classify suffrage as being the prominent issue. The idea of women’s suffrage did not become the primary goal of the Women’s rights movement until around the 1850s, and then remained the primary goal up until 1920 when women finally achieved the right to vote. Further, there were many significant male and female figuresthat played crucial roles in the Women’s rights movements that eventually led to, but didn’t stop at, the achievement of women’s right to vote in 1920. It was in the early 1800s when women began to question various issues such as their roles in society and their rights as a woman, or their lack of rights and unjust inequality in comparison to males.
Being reduced to the role of a handmaid has meant Offred's physical identity has been severely altered from how it was in her past life, Atwood presents her attempts reconstruct her physical identity under the supervision of the regime throughout the novel. The dystopian novel is written in first person narration so the reader gets a first hand, female understanding of how Atwood wants the reader to perceive Offred’s physicality. Being a handmaid means that Offred has no real control of her body. The initial role of a handmaid is to produce a child for Gilead's elite and it is made extremely clear to them that they are of no worth and their only use is as 'containers'. The use of this word demonstrates their low value as a container is never cared for, only its content is important.
The ideologies focus on domestic roles that a woman should partake in. For example taking care of their children even if it means sacrificing valuable aspects of their life for them. Although this is shown differently in both plays, Ibsen and Wilde show a similarity in views based on the adherence to morality as well as the sacrificial nature women were conditioned into society to have. Ibsen and Wilde explore the fact of whether it is possible for a Victorian female to make sacrifices, especially regarding the well-being of their children, whilst maintaining strict adherence to morality. This would have caused great controversy to the Victorian audience as it had contradicted the very popular view of society at that time .If the women had done something which would be considered sinful, despite how justifiable their reasoning behind what they had done, would not have been valued as much compared to men.
Interestingly, through the main character Rosaura and her transformation, the author shows that, in class societies, social status have more power on people’s future than their actual capabilities. At the beginning of the story, Rosaura is blind about the importance of social classes in her life. For example, when she argues with her mother about Luciana being her friend, Rosaura tells her that “[she knows] nothing about being friends” (9). By her strong reaction, Rosaura shows that she is convinced that Luciana is really her friend, even though they only do homework together. She isn’t aware that they don’t belong to the same social class.
Katherine battles to teach a groups of girls and encourage them to be independent and think for themselves. She tries to overcome this challenge in a society that does not value women’s independence and treats them as second class citizens; only fit to look after and serve men. Katherine’s new and strong views challenge the school traditions and bring her to the attention of the school board who instruct her only to teach the syllabus and give no other support or feedback. This can be seen as a metaphor for the treatment of women in the time where women were expected to only do as they were told. The society in this text had low expectations for women.
Some may argue that although there is a statistical gap between girls and boys in the education system, it is not the most important factor contributing to a childs attainment. Many sociologists suggest that the gender differences in achievement, especially the rapid improvement of girls grades is best explained through external factors. Many see the rise of feminism has had a large impact on the education system and the gender gap in attainment. Feminism is a social movement that strieves for equal rights for women in all areas of life. They have fought against the traditional stereotype of women as housewife.