The Roles of Women in Ancient Greece and the Reasons for their Subordination
Women in Greece were treated very differently from the men, they were thought of as less and weak men. The men controlled the lives of the women and made sure the women felt this way and knew their place. “Married women in Greece had three main jobs raise their children for the sake of Athens, show no weakness than was natural to their sex and avoid gossip.”(J. Coffin & R. Stacey 125).This was thought by all men in Greece but even more so in Athens. As time went on women became more inferior to men the problem did not get any better as Greece went into the dark ages. During the dark ages it is not exactly sure how many resources they Greek people lost, many major settlements were abandoned there are no written facts from this time and it was assumed that the people were illiterate. Philosophers believed that woman had very poor minds and each woman needed to have their own guardian which was a male figure closest to her or if she was married her husband. Women were expected to stay inside their homes and when there was a woman seen on the streets they were usually prostitutes, slaves or poor. Women through time were always thought of as unequal to men; men believed this because they made sure it was true by not allowed women to own anything go to school or participate in many activities. Although women were just as capable as men, the men made sure they felt inferior in many aspects of their social position such as race, culture and sexuality. “If Athenian society could portray women as incapable of endurance and fortitude in the face of misfortune they could mark them as inferior to men. They could leave free and not have to worried about guarding there manliness.”(Just 156). This is why men were constantly putting women down so they could help bring themselves to a higher level.
From birth the girls were given less opportunities then boys and this is where it all begins. Girls are not allowed to go to school they stay home with their mothers to be taught how to run a household. Women were not even to be seen outside the house if anything needed to be done like picking up supplies they would have to get there slaves to do it. How could girls consider themselves as smart as boys if they were not given the same opportunities? By the age of 14 girls are married of by their parents or as soon as they reach child bearing age. Boys attend school until they are 19 and then were sent off to war. Men overpowered women in many aspects women were not allowed to have jobs and had no way to receive money of their own. Men where more valued then women so they even received medical attention more often than women and because these women often had a higher mortality rate.
When girls became age for child bearing they were married...