Rebecca Sharpless’ book “Fertile Ground, Narrow Choices” tells the stories of everyday women in Central Texas on cotton farms. She argues that women were not just good for keeping house, cooking, sewing and raising children but that they were an essential key to the economy. Whether they were picking cotton alongside men or bearing children
Women have played a very important role in this life. They stand next to the men to help them to develop the lifestyle on the earth. They are mothers, employees, builders and teachers. Before million years ago, women played different roles with the men to make the life easier. In different cultures, the women were more than housewives. In Native American culture for example, they had a very effective role next to the men to help them in hunting and wars and being homemakers. They worked hard to make brave and strong generation to protect the tribe in the future. They make an important place for themselves in their tribes. The Native American tribes could not survive without their women. This essay will show the powerful roles of the Native American women in their tribes. One of the texts that are mentioned: " Brave Woman Counts Coup " legend which was told by Jenny Leading Clout in South Dakota in 1967 about a warrior woman who joined wars and refused to get married after the man she loved. This legend shows the power the Native American woman and fought to keep her tribe safe. The second text is written by Marge Tindal , an early Native American writer, which is "Woman-With-Tongue-That-Wags" poem. The poem is about a wise women who was loved by her people because she helped them with their life struggles. The last text "Mankiller A Chief and Her People" is a biography about Wilma Mankiller , the first female chief of her tribe, which is written by her and Michael Wallis. The soft creature in the Native American culture are wise, brave, and leader women who fight next to the men to keep their legacy continue.
Women of the Western schoolhouse had a reputation for instilling values and lessons to the children of the frontier. They were historical heroines who chose to journey all the way from the East just to hear the sounds of children learning. According to Anne M. Butler, in her book Uncommon Common Women, these women left behind their family and friends, "took teacher training, signed two-year contracts, and set forth for unknown sites " (68). Schoolteachers on the frontier must have had an incredible love for children in order to deal with the difficulties the West placed in their way.
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The small community of Hallowell, Maine was no different than any other community in any part of the new nation – the goals were the same – to survive and prosper. Life in the frontier was hard, and the settlement near the Kennebec Valley was no different than what the pioneers in the west faced. We hear many stories about the forefathers of our country and the roles they played in the early days but we don’t hear much about the accomplishments of the women behind those men and how they contributed to the success of the communities they settled in. Thanks to Martha Ballard and the diary that she kept for 27 years from 1785-1812, we get a glimpse into...
Kugel, Rebecca, and Lucy Eldersveld Murphy. Native women's history in eastern North America before 1900: a guide to research and writing. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007.
Historically, the main focus in Western movies and literature is men. The characters were cowboys, cow-punchers, buffalo hunters, farmers, lawman and male Native Americans. Women were represented on the big screen and in literature riding alongside the man on the wagon train, or tending to men at home or on reservations. If women were cast as the protagonist, their characters were domesticated and pious, in charge of conserving family values and religion, or working in the oldest profession. When the plot focused on romance, the female was front and center paying the role of the main character’s love interest. The female protagonists in The Virginian and O Pioneers! did not submit to the will of their environment or the men in their lives; suitors or kin. Whether living on the Great Plains, riding in horse drawn carriages or hoping on railroads to run away from the oppression of their city lives, the female protagonist in these stories were described as steadfast and independent. O Pioneers! and The Virginian recounts the story of two women, the same as far as drive,
People in these Montana prairies had an isolated life where “Every generation relearns the rules its fathers have forgotten”, cursed nature when it threatens their livelihood, yet realized that “This land owes you nothing” [p. 60]. This was a time and region where the difference between what was expected of men and women was paramount. Children grew up working hard, knowing their place in their society and grew up quickly as a result. Being somewhat of a tomboy, Blunt could handle farm equipment and chores as well as her brother, yet was still expected to learn how to cook, clean and care for the men. As with previous generations, it was expected that she follow a planned path to becoming a rancher’s wife. But Judy Blunt always felt there was something more to this hard, bleak life and began a long journey towards breaking clean from the constraints of her upbringing.