The roles of women as mothers also became more important in the republic, as patriarchy loosened and the nation depended on mothers to educate American children in the republican way. And finally, the role of women in politics was theoretically reduced due to the increasing demands of their domestic roles, but they managed to develop methods to convey their opinions. All three of these roles had setbacks for women in the republic, but there were also significant positive effects. Women became more valued in their domestic roles as wives and partners to their husbands, and their roles as mothers and educators of their children. Also, though politics and state affairs were very exclusive to men, women of the republic managed to find ways to have their voices heard.
Before the Revolutionary war many felt women has a mental and moral weakness. Women 's part in the war gave all the proof needed to show their ability to think clearly and make good ethical decisions. A woman 's formal education was essential to their transformation. Some believed that a “formal education would create masculine women, unattractive in their appearance, neglect in their duties to husbands and family” (Berkin, 2005, 153). No longer did women need to value beauty over
This issue would not have been a grueling conflict if Mr. Mallard had lost his wife, since men held all the societal power, and could react as they please. Women, on the other hand, had been expected to act a certain way, regardless of their true feelings on the matter. Chopin witnessed this repression constantly and incorporated such hardships in her stories through the conflicts of these women. Facing a similar dilemma, Désirée's struggles involve "[her] passive acceptance to Armand's rejection...and her...deliberate" (Werlock 1) departure from her home and her life. Social conventional called for women to focus on maintaining the home and raising children, but Désirée was not happy and would never be happy in this situation ever again, and thus arose the conflict.
These meeting were held to start giving notoriety to the issues pertaining to woman. Women's rights in the 20th century was an extremely controversial topic. Although women had been seen as inferior for many years, looking at the documents it’s unequivocal that woman should have been given the same domestic, political and social rights as men. In the early 20th century, many Americans perceived woman as unskilled and deficient, due to this woman have never gotten the chance to prove how they can positively affect society. Document A, Supports Woman states; “They still love their homes and their children just the same as ever, and are better able to protect themselves and their children because of the ballot”.
The concept of working women was encouraged and advertised during the war because employment was necessary. Rosie the Riveter was also a shaped image and type of role model for women to follow (“Women in Society”). Women were comfortable being housewives before the demand for workers, but things had to change. Women’s viewpoint changed from staying home and taking care of the household, to them not wanting to be known as a housewifes anymore. “They demanded participation in the public arena and refused to accept the restrictions of traditional gender roles”(“Women in Society”).
The feminists of the time refused to be confined to a male dependent life. Instead, the authors of the book saw beauty in women supporting one another through issues unique to themselves. They understood that the battle to regain power and social justice would be much harder if they were alone rather than together. The feminists said, “we were individual women coming together out of choice and strength. Since we had patterned and focused much of our life... ... middle of paper ... ...uld now happily chose to enter into at her discretion.
As mothers, women promoted themselves through their children. Their offspring’s accomplishments were their own. It was one more excuse, Freidan states, for women to forego defining themselves” (Hart 2). Unfortunately, many women thought that there was something wrong with them for not finding complete satisfaction in motherhood and life in suburbia, and they wanted something else to give their life some greater meaning. Baffled by sexism in the workforce, Friedan also remarks on the inconsistency of the changing expectations and the treatment of women in America throughout the twentieth century.
While Gilman’s narrator did not have all the pillars of true womanhood within her, people who enforced and succumbed to the pressures of the pillars surrounded her. Seeing these people around her, and the lives they lived did nothing for her. She did not want to be imprisoned to her home, acting as a servant tending to her family. She did not want to be reformed to become the ideal woman enveloped in Jennie and Mary. Pulling down the wallpaper challenged the patriarchal ideologies of society showing that women can move beyond the constructions of true womanhood.
Her own husband, Léoncé, failed to give her this passionate and comforting feeling. In an era when men were the household rulers, women often turned to each other for comfort. This was exactly what Edna had felt when she became friends with Mada... ... middle of paper ... ...y to accept at first. Despite this lack of acceptance, women used the powerful technique of influence like Mademoiselle did to encourage other traditional women that they were being mistreated in society and that they must act upon it to gain equality. During this final stage of the movement, there was nothing holding these radical women back from achieving their final goals.
Addams makes a persuasive argument that a woman’s “old business” role of caring for her home and rearing her children has fundamentally changed as society had become more complicated and required a greater need for women to influence society outside their homes. Men who were anti-suffrage were powerful voices, but when women seemed uninvolved in this issue, it made it harder to make the claim that women should have the vote. During 1905, a lot of discussion about whether women should vote was based on polls. However, most women either didn 't consider it relevant to them or felt uncomfortable with openly opposing it. People argued, why should suffrage be granted, if women didn 't even want it for themselves?