Market Revolution and Women's Quest for Equality

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Was it the Market Revolution that changed women’s quality of life, the strong will of many women, or both? At the beginning of the market revolution women were just being sought after to join the work place. Beginning a time when women started to question their rights and statues in the United States. Several women decided to stepped forward and raise up for women’s rights by fighting to remove women from the “Cult of True Womanhood”, equal wage rights, higher education and showing the importance of the American women in the workforce. Emma Willard, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the Grimke Sisters and many nameless women joined the fight to improve the quality of life for women in the first half of the nineteenth century. The starting of the 19th Century was not kind to women, being seen as less then equal to their male counterparts. Women were not allowed to vote, own land, all their possession belonged to their …show more content…

In the article, Cult of True Womanhood, the underlying theme is of what society thought was the ideal woman. Women of that time where thought of as homemakers “deeply shaped by the so called “cult of womanhood” a collection of attitudes that associated “true” womanhood with home and family.” Women were supposed to stay home and clean and take care of the children while men worked and provided for their families. The misconception that housework was not hard and that even these women didn’t work as hard as paid labors was a strong opinion of the time. “With economic value calculated more and more exclusively in terms of cash and men increasingly basing their claims to “manhood” on their role as “breadwinners,” women’s unpaid household labor went largely unacknowledged.” Many married women ran their households and took on extra work to support their families and many in underpaid positions. Many of these were even in the service of other’s houses working in “true womanhood”

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