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Women's History Then And Now Essay

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During the 18th and 19th century, patriarchy has been responsible for designing women’s role in society. Throughout history, men have been deemed as superior while women have been regarded as inferior. Society has this ideology that women are the sole laborers of a household; they were not granted the same privileges as men. In addition, women have been negatively affected by stereotyping. Women have been portrayed on television as being submissive to men. The depiction of women on television portrays the implications of a societal view of women. From a man's perspective, an ideal woman is a housewife who does all the household duties herself. However, over the years, studies have shown that gender roles have slowly advanced. Women began to challenge the traditional gender roles, and they expect that men share employment as well as tending to the household and children. The traditional roles that women were expected to play is now an ideology of the past. There is a double standard set between men and women. Women have come a long way; women began to enter the work force in jobs that men held previously. They have also changed their appearance, attitude and how they are viewed by people. Therefore, women are not to be viewed as inferior. Consequently, women went from being submissive to being assertive, influential, and successful individuals.
Women went from being submissive to being assertive. Over the years, women’s levels of self-confidence have increased. In today’s society, women refuse to be manipulated by men. Women have become forceful and are no longer subservient to men. Women are now taking assertive actions in both the workplace and their homes. Women are no longer settling and are rebutting the things that they do not approve of; they confront conflicts and uncomfortable situations. For instance, more women are sticking up for their rights in both their homes and workplace. Also, in many marriages women have a say in everything the man does. There must be a consensus between both the man and woman. Studies indicate that, “the assertive woman debunks the tired old myths and stereotypes of women bosses, stay-at-home moms, and "bully broads,” and superwomen, and presents a refreshing, positive alternative.” Many studies have shown that assertive women are more successful. Assertive women tend to gain the respect of others as well as raise objections to present feminine stereotypes. For this reason, critics argue that, “women have developed a kind of assertiveness, who lets people know what they want, and what they would not accept, without looking emotional.” By developing this role, women have become victorious individuals.
Furthermore, women went from being submissive to being influential. Women have changed the world. We have some of the most powerful and influential women, who have contribute to shaping our society, for example, Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. For instance, Oprah uses TV to help the lives of...

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