Woman’s Struggle for Independence
Women have had to fight for there independence. They have been repressed
for a long period of history. Only recently have women started to gain respect
as equals and individuals. Even today women are still looked down upon for there
From the begging of history women have been viewed as a lesser sex. In the
time Mesopotamia women we in charge of the children and the home. In Ancient
Egypt women had no power or authority. Women were viewed as property. The
Hebrews, alto respecting women, did not allow them to own any property or to
have an active place in government. In Rome women were not allowed to voice
there opinions. They were viewed as lesser beings, who’s role in society was to
give birth and to take care of children. They were property of there husbands
and not viewed as individuals. There husband was there master and women we
practically slaves and was often mistreated by there husband. A servant to the
During the middle ages women still has almost no rights. They still didn’t
have the right to voice there opinion and were still viewed as property. If they
disobeyed there male role model they were punished. The art of the Renaissance
gave women some freedom to voice there opinion about the arts and social issues
as long as there opinions weren’t very radical. However women were only the
objects in the arts. They were the models and not the creators. They were not
allowed to express themselves but only to be expressed by others. This lead into
the period of the Reformation, women were still viewed as property and the
homemakers. They did not really get there place in society.
The 17th century was the first real growth of the women’s movement. Up
until this time women had been in the same category as property or slaves. But
as the French society moved toward revolution women began to speak of the
injustice against them. “The Vindication of Rights of Women (1792) called for
the extension of the principle of the liberty to women and urging that equal
public education be made available for men and women” (Perry, 289). This list of
the right that women were lacking was one of the first attempts at creating a
legislation that included women in its laws. During the scientific revolution
men were making discoveries and coming up with new ideas all over the world.
This was not possible for women because the education was not able to compare
with that of the men’s. After roll models such as Tristan Flora women started
trying harder to become a part of the society. They fought so that they could be
intellectual individuals, and not just slaves to the male dominated society.
They started thinking for themselves, having there own thoughts and ideas. In
the modern 20th century women used the example of these women as arguments to
push there cause.
When the idea of Nationalism began bringing countries together it helped
women slightly. Yet still did not make them there equality to men. In the time
of the Industrial Revolution women began receiving jobs in factories. Alto they
were still not treated as equals. They were paid significantly less than men for
the same days work. The majority of women still stayed at home and took care of
the household and children. The idea of socialism brought women more respect.
With the idea of socialism women gained some standing in society as close equals
to men. In a socialistic society everyone is equal, including women. This idea
of equality women in the past could not even in vision. As the battle for
women’s rights continued they gained the right in the United States to live
freely. They could now own land and participate in the government. At the end of
the 19th century women began to become educated. They began to prove there
intellectual equality to men. As World War I came around women began to enter
the workforce. With the men being killed in time of war it left a limited number
of men to work in the factories. Women began to take over these roles. They were
finally given responsibility and respect for there work.
By the time of World War II women had proven themselves in the workforce.
They now could find employment, alto there was still discrimination. During the
1950’s woman began to fight for liberation in the workforce. They