Civilization Essay

1170 words - 5 pages

Janice Cotton
World Civilization 1
The Role of Women up until the 1500’s

Women before the 1500’s was slaved in the homes and their world revolved around cooking, cleaning and doing laundry. Women were long considered naturally weaker than men, squeamish, and unable to perform work requiring muscular or intellectual development. In most preindustrial societies, for example, domestic chores were relegated to women, leaving "heavier" labor such as hunting and plowing to ...view middle of the document...

Women were expected to be humble and demure. Some were shaped to be fit to be the wives of the warriors. Women were not given the right to rule over the country. The closest women could get to royalty was if they married the king, or was chosen to be one of the many concubines of a king. The many concubines were used to provide many sons so there would be a wide range of successors to pick from.
Although women in both areas were treated and considered unfairly, the European women were better off. Even though they could not take over the places of their husbands and take control of a family, this was only true until the crusades came along, leaving women and children to survive with their own strength. Although they were not given full respect, women in Europe were not persecuted for bearing a daughter. All genders were acceptable. Also, their requirements as a wife in a family are different.

Japanese women were educated and trained to become quiet and obedient to their husbands all their life. They could not speak unless spoken to. English women were granted the freedom of speech when necessary. It is true that European women taught their daughters the way a wife should and maintain a house and do all the works required in them. But, they were not "trained" as Japanese girls were. Because of these differences, it affected their to rights later, Asians got their women's rights just a few decades ago because they were considered so inferior to society.
In different parts of the world, a woman did not have all the rights a woman can have now. Right now, women are considered almost equal to men. They have the right to vote and even rule a country. God has declared that all of humankind is equal to His eyes and should be given equality in ours also. Women in Europe and Asia have gone through many changes throughout the millennium. They had two cultures clashing against one another creating a difference and creating a similarity to all women in the world.

Throughout most of history women generally have had fewer legal rights and career opportunities than men. Wifehood and motherhood were regarded as women's most significant professions. In the 20th century, however, women in most nations won the right to vote and increased their educational and job opportunities. Perhaps most important, they fought for and to a large degree accomplished a reevaluation of traditional views of their role in society.

Since early times women have been uniquely viewed as a creative source of human life. Historically, however, they...

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