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Roles Of Women Through Out History

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The role of women has changed tremendously since colonial times when it comes to such topics as marriage, working, and the way they are looked at in society. Women were not always allowed to file for divorce from their husbands. It did not matter if the man was abusive or cheating, under no circumstances was a women allowed to leave her husband. Marriage really meant, “To death do us part”. Even today, homosexuality is judged, but back in the earlier centuries, it was almost unheard of, even if you were gay or lesbian you did not speak of it. The idea of same sex marriage was not even a thought. If a woman wanted a job, it was almost taboo, most men thought a woman’s job was to be ...view middle of the document...

Women were believed to be lesser than men back in that time period. Men believed women did not need education, as if they were not as important and able as they were, but they trusted them to raise their children, put a hot meal on the table, and keep the house and slaves in order.
As the 1900s came through the role of women and their rights started to change. Women started to go to school, even college. School was usually only for the wealthy though. In 1904, Helen Keller, who was born blind and deaf graduated from college. It was a sign to all women that no matter what the circumstances nothing can hold you back. In nineteen twenty the 19th amendment was passed. It gave women the right to vote, something they never could have done before. This gave the right to black women as well. Later that decade state laws and vigilante practices sadly took away the right for most black women in the South. It would take another major movement for rights when it comes to voting before black women in the South would be successfully restored. As for marriage things were pretty much the same, women got married young, around their early twenties. Women were still house wives, and sexism very much alive. The thirty eight percent of American women who actually worked in nineteen sixties were for the most part restricted to jobs such as teacher, nurse, or a secretary. Women made up for about six percent of doctors, about three percent of lawyers, and less than one percent of engineers in America. The feminist movement of the 1960s and continuing into the 1970s initially focused on dismantling office discrimination, such as rejection of right to use of better jobs and salary bias. The feminist movement was not strictly structured or led by a single figure or group; the groups were made up young and old women, conservative and radicals, rich and poor. Feminist were often referred to as “man-haters” when in fact that was not true at all. All they wanted was to feel of equal value, to be accepted as able to do what men can do. After World War II, the boom of the American economy outpaced the accessible labor force,...

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