This is a quote stated by 33 year old Nadia, a woman that used to live in Afghanistan, but now lives in America. She is one of the very lucky few. Girls that are living in Afghanistan now unfortunately cannot go to school, nor will they ever become educated mothers because of the men that control and abuse them. That is why America should intervene in Afghanistan to help women go to work, go to school, and help them gain justice for the harsh abuse they suffer from men on a daily basis. However, there are many people that may argue against America intervening in Afghanistan to promote gender equality.
Woman who did not marry could really only look forward to living with her relatives as a dependent so that marriage is pretty much the only way of ever getting out from under the parental control. “Women married because they had a lack of options; they were not formerly educated, and were only instructed in domestic duties. They needed someone to support them, and were encouraged to marry and have children” (Ziegenfuss). If a woman were to remain single she would be contempt and pitied by the community she lives in. The rules for women were so strict it’s like she had to be a slave to her husband.
After she has an affair with a tenant her mother forces Polly to marry him. Gender related family traditions are hard to get out of because they are hard standing; societal traditions bear the judgment of everyone. The De La Garza family tradition states that the youngest daughter in a family must take care of the mother instead of marrying. She isn't allowed to have her own life. Tita disagrees with the rigid tradition because it confines her to a life without love.
Osama and I have different lives on different continents; however, we both could have had more rights and better life if we were born men. Women under Taliban law did not have the rights to speak freely, to show their face to men, to go outside without an escort, and the right to work. Osama's father was killed in the Kabul war during the Russian invasion, leaving behind his widow wife and only child, Osama. The only hope of survival for her family was Osama, who was forced to learn to become a man by day and a woman at night. Afraid of starving in poverty, Osama's mother forced Osama to wear her father's clothing, cut her hair, and behave like a man.
It was not until later in her life that fear started to become part of her life. In the book, she describes how first she fears for the life of her father due to his outspoken belief on the girl’s right for an education. She mentions several times that even thought she was unconsciously afraid she would tell herself that the Taliban would not go after little girls. Malala reveals in her book that she always thought that the Taliban would come after her father, not her. In her autobiography, Malala shows her admiration for her father.
With government officials lacking interest and the Taliban’s violent protests against female education, many Pakistani girls are denied the right to learn and forced into work instead (Latif, 2014). Because of these harsh situations, a brave young girl, Malala, stood up against the discrepancies and grasped people’s attention worldwide. At just eleven years old, Malala began voicing her opinion regarding women’s education in Pakistan by writing for a blog (Brown, 2013). She was inspired by her father, Ziaddin Yousafzai, who was part of the anti-Taliban committee and recommended Malala for the blog (Gandhara, 2014). She spoke out against the Taliban, a radical political group, known for their extreme interpretations of the Islamic Law (Ahmad, 2012).
They were expected to do all the housework, cooking, and care for the children. If she did something that displeased her husband, he could beat or imprison her without any legal consequences (the National Women’s History Project, 1998). These women had to fight just to have their basic human rights. Their hard work has made it so that women can now own land, work, get an education, and, most importantly, not be seen as a man’s property. Without them women would still be confined to their houses and only allowed to be housewives or school teachers.
This is proved by the fact that Mehrunnisa’s parents worry that their daughters “will [never] find husbands if they are too [educated]” (48). During this time in Mughal ruled India, an educated woman is a symbol of arrogance and dominance which is undesirable as these women begin forming their own opinions instead of agreeing with their husbands. This society would rather her live in ignorance and complacency. Mehrunnisa’s mother continues to enforce her daughters’ training for married life by teaching them the skills needed to manage a household and be good wives such as “[learning] to paint, sew, embroider, and oversee the servants” (49). These are seen as essential for a woman to know as they will remain at home but men do not require this knowledge as they will other, typically regarded as more important, responsibilities.
Accepting care may mean relinquishing privacy and adjusting to new routines.” (para.2). However she could not get around on her own after breaking her hip. She was never rehabilitated at the nursing home, because of her unwillingness to commit to physical therapy. My mother had to return home because she would scream and cry and talk all through the night at the nursing home disturbing the other patients. After bringing her home, I would go to my mother’s home to do the cooking, housework, medical tending, and personal hygiene; however it was extremely tough to do while taking care of my home and family.
War to her is a necessity because she needs the business from the soldiers in order to survive, but on the other hand, war is her ultimate enemy. She is doing everything to keep her and her children from being involved with the war. It was her husband’s death that lead to her natural defenses for her children and the war which in turn resulted in expressing her strong maternal instinct. Also, Mother Courage is forced to make decisions and puts a lot of effort into trying to stay with her children. For example, when the Cook proposes to Mother Courage, Kattrin realizes that the Cook thinks she is a burden and does not like her.