Rise Of Women's Rights Essay

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For all of history, women have stood behind men as companions and supporters. Women have been treated as if they were politically and socially inferior; property of the men they married. Only in the last hundred years have restrictions on women been lifted. Subdued by men for thousands of years, early modern feminist movements were met with animosity. Only a century ago, the majority of American women were unable to vote.
Women composed half of the population, but their voice was not heard. Their views were not to be expressed except to their husbands, and even then it was dangerous to be confrontational. This system was, naturally, engineered by men. Men have always been physically stronger and able to enforce the practice of female subservience. However, physical power is not the only issue. Men have another biological advantage over women.

Men are more emotionally stable: had this not been the case, women would have had become independent far earlier. For the great majority of human existence, the hunter-gatherer era, superiority was earned physically. Among men, the strongest would lead the band in hunt, and each man led his wom(e/a)n. It was merely a physical affair. This established a firm system of female submission. Ten thousand years ago, the Neolithic Revolution struck mankind. No longer was man forced to travel, but along with his wom(e/a)n, he settled and learned the art of agriculture. In this system, physical strength was still valued, but that soon changed. He (or she) who could plow more land more quickly could earn more. Naturally, in a family the men took up the plow. Women stayed inside and cared for the children. This system stuck in the mind of humanity, and it remains still today. It should not. After the first agricultural revolution -- after people started living together in large groups, that system should have halted in its tracks. As society urbanized, trade became the new physical power. After that, nearing modern day, intellectual studies became the new trade. Men learned skilled trades. They became potters and weavers and fur trappers. Why then, did women not join the men? One reason was habit. Men liked having women at home with a warm dinner and child. Women had seen their mothers stay at home and wait on their fathers. Habit was a vice of humanity, but it was not reason enough. In any case, could single women learn a professional trade? Yes, there was that opportunity. However, it was never realized. The true reason that women never moved up in the...

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