Women, Culture and Social Change Essay

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Women, Culture and Social Change Roman Women - 400 C.E. Rome was very much a male dominated society. Women were not allowed to be senators, judges, or governors yet alone hold a position involving running the Roman Empire. Romans often feared powerful women for example Cleopatra, fearing that their king Julius Caesar was under the spell of the foreign queen. Roman women weren’t allowed to transact any business of importance without the agreement of her father, husband, or guardian (guardian is usually a male). Rome did not regard women as equal before men. The freedom a woman in Rome enjoyed depended on her social status and her wealth. The lives of the woman varied greatly on her position in society. Woman that came from wealth often had much of their daily labor done by slaves. Her daily face washing, her rub down in scented oils, and the curling of her hair was done by slaves. Roman women were expected to play their traditional role in the household. The women were expected to take care of and raising the children and the house work. Women would have to wash clothes on a weekly basis. They cleaned the house using twig brooms and brushes made from animal hairs. Women were also in charge of the fire and oil for the lamps, as well as providing fuel for fires in the cold months. No matter how wealthy they were, because they could not vote or stand for office, women had no formal role in public life. In reality, wives or close relatives of prominent men could have influence behind the scenes. Women in Rome were expected to be a good mother and a dignified wife. And those rules could not be bent or broken. Islamic Women (Abbasid Era) 750 C.E. A majority of women in the era of the great Islamic empires lived their lives predominantly in the private sphere. Within the context of the Islamic faith, women of wealth had access to education, as required by the

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