This is because women tend to do better housework. Therefore women must have rights to take care of their housework. During the 19th century, many women worked hard to gain suffrage, but women’s suffrage is unnecessary to define the word “freedom” for women. There must be restriction to preserve freedom and this is one of those restrictions. By having this restriction women can freely appeal to any political parties about different issues.
When I was a little girl I often saw the caricature of a big black woman holding a broom I was always curious as of who she was and what she portrayed. I quickly came to find out that this would be the mammy character. She was characterized to care for her white family and be pleased by doing so . Even though the mammy is well loved and has considerable power with her white family, she still knew her place as a servant. Annie played a big role as a black maid in imitation of life .
If the women in this society, especially the women of the higher class failed at the jobs of being good wives and mothers, then you could almost guarantee that they wouldn’t be kept around very long, as we can see in countless examples from the texts. In class we learned that to own slaves was a good indicator of wealth and prestige in this time, and this was especially true if the slaves that were owned were well educated and well off. For the upper class this was for their women as well; the only exception in the women’s case was that instead of being educated in politics or the arts, they had to be well educated in “Housekeeping, child bearing and raising, chastity, submissiveness, and the ideal of being all her life univira (one-man woman)” (__). If there is one thing that hasn’t changed in history it’s the fact that when you’re in politics, your reputation is everything. If you had a good reputation and didn’t upset too many people then you could be remembered in history positively, but if just a little bit of bad stuck with you then it could very easily tarnish your entire reputation and even lead to rumors that could become the only remaining history.
Noble women don?t appear to have a hard life, but when you look between the lines they have it just as rough as any other women of that time. From the beginning, young women were required to learn the basic household skills that they would be expected to execute as wives and mothers. These women did perform textile work, but they did it for luxury, they did not actu... ... middle of paper ... ...his time. The highest praise which could then be given to a woman was that she had the mind and the courage of men. Although they did earn some rights, women were still forbidden to hold office, paternal powers in the family, receive inheritance and many other things.
Other women in different civilizations were not cherished as much as the Egyptian women. In fact, women in other civilization were seen as inferior to men. Women in other kings were beaten by their husband, however, women in ancient Egypt were loved, respected, and cherished. The Instruction of Ptahhotep states, "Be not brutal; tact will influence her better than violence; her... behold to what she aspires, at what she aims, what she regards. It is what fixes her in your house; if you repel her it is an abyss" (The Instruction of Ptahhotep, 67).
The evangelical movement largely contributed to this idea that women were “suited to serve as dispensers of love, comfort, and and moral instruction to husbands and children” (U.S.: A Narrative History, 230). Previously, women were seen as very sinful, but this new womanhood ideal saw women as more religious and morally stronger than men (230). Because of this, the woman’s sphere shifted to be solely focused on domestic duties to ensure the household was as prosperous as possible. Middle class and elite women began devoting more time to these domestic duties as their homes were seen as “havens of moral virtue” while lower class women were still attempting to break into the workforce (231). Furthermore, the development of a new structure and attitude regarding home life gave way to the foundation of the modern family, with delaying marriage to ensure that a husband could financially support his wife and decreasing family size to focus on the success of each child more closely (231).
The creation of the mammie helped reinvigorate the ideas of the old south and Lost cause. There were many visual representations of mammies created by white southern woman (pg. 117). Often times there was a celebration of black mammies serving white children and families, this created the dynamic of inferiority. The mammie became a sort of motherly figure to the child as a caregiver, which threatened white supremacy.
The role of a Mammy When I was a little girl I often saw the caricature of a big black woman holding a broom I was always curious as of who she was and what she portrayed. I quickly came to find out that this would be the mammy character. She was characterized to care for her white family and be pleased by doing so. Even though the mammy is well loved and has considerable power with her white family, she still knew her place as a servant. Annie played a big role as a black maid in imitation of life.
Society places men and women unequally at different levels. Men and women are separately designated and diversely rewarded because of their gender. Despite the increase in the amount of women in the workforce, women who work in a male dominated industry are being restricted from exhibiting their full potential in pay and advancement opportunities. At the beginning of the nineteenth century women had barely any rights and were strictly homemakers destined to nurture children. During the Industrial Revolution women soon began working in factories and were given an extremely low salary for tedious work.
Unlike the main character, “Jennie [was] a perfect and enthusiastic housekeeper and [hoped] for no better profession.” (Chopin 2). At that time, it was thought that women simply didn’t get mental disorders for the same reasons that men did. When a woman didn’t fill the role that society created for her, it was said that she was mentally ill. At this time, all women were supposed to be like Jennie, housekeepers and caretakers who were supposed to be happy with their positions. The novel The Awakening, written by Kate Chopin, perfectly explains the different roles there were for women in society. In The Awakening, there are three types of women: mother-wives, single women and Edna.