This paper explores the part of women’s history that I like most. The paper further expounds on the development of women over the years and how history has changed their standing in society. Women have come a long way; from a notion of submission to a stage where they can stand up for what they believe in and defend it.
There was an oppressive time for women in societies. Women were expected to be submissive, pure and homemakers. This was further pronounced by the diverse specialty of activities based on gender. While men were free to run for public offices, women were married off at a tender age and expected to be full-time homemakers. Their core duties included; taking care of the children, preparing food for their families, and sewing clothes. This part of history was tough for women and I didn’t like it.
During the colonial era though, women were forced into plantations to offer the much-needed labor. But the hard-hit were the women from colonized states as they were captured as slaves and forced into the plantations. Though they were harshly treated they were a valuable source of labor to the same masters (Ruiz and DuBois 636). With the availability of slaves, women in colonial countries returned to their usual role in the family except for those from poor families.
Married women did not have a legal right to vote, get an inheritance, or act as witnesses in courts of law (Davis 112). Men were responsible for their wives and could discipline them. The case was however different in some parts of the world like America where women were few but valued. They were allowed to engage in commerce as they had approval for legal and trade and industry rights.
New women have played an important role in society. I admire how these new women have influenced the activities of current times. New women are the elite modern women who have much freedom to vie for public offices, sensitized gender equalities, and have no qualms occupying the once only male domain. Modern women have ventured into politics where they actively fight for equal representation (Ruiz and DuBoiz 247), engage in high-profile jobs. Besides actively involved in women rights movement they also own property educate their children and pursue careers (DuBois 21)
Republican women have tried to foster their political ability to bring new dimensions in American Politics. These women are politically inclined to the republican party of the two American political parties. I strongly admire the role of these women in our society because through them the party’s mission as ensure equal justice, right, and opportunity is availed to all people irrespective of gender, age, national, or race. This group comprises a movement of independent women and men whose opinion, and support are usually sought in the political arena.
Women 1945 -1956
During this period women started taking center stage by breaking cultural norms imposed on them by society. I like this part of history because women sought to be nominated to parliament, took up jobs in the disciplined forces, became more aware of their suffering at the hands of their male counterparts, and took up leadership in both public and private institutions (Wayne 78). This era saw the rise of women albeit on a small level to the public domain.
History has seen women rise from a very humble level to a vocal and ambitious stage in life. Women have practically become the fabric of society, fighting for the rights of the oppressed while pursuing their rights in society. The modern woman has reached that level where equality is upheld and society respects the rights of the female gender.
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Ruiz, Vicki, and DuBois Ellen. Unequal sisters: a multicultural reader in U.S. women’s history. London: Routledge Publishers, 2000.
Wayne, Tiffany. Women’s roles in nineteenth-century America. Westport: Green Wood, 2007.