In the past, many parents felt that school education for girls was a waste of time, "A woman's place is in the home" was the traditional view. In those days, housewives had a tough life and were completely dependent on the men for money. There was a lot of drudgery in their lives and the men didn't help with the household chores, it was "women's work". The housewife worked from dawn to dusk and there was a lot of truth in the old saying; "a woman's work is never done". However, women have made optimistical progress towards equality and their role in the society has been changed dramatically since the last century.
According to Custodial mothers and fathers in the United States, 90 percent of children whose parents divorced went into the custody of their mothers since their biological fathers never bothered to request for the custody, in other words they not even care; they don’t want to pay child support. Since the vast majority of single parents are mothers, most of the research focuses on female-headed families. Maya Ross Russell states that a good role model is a mother - a mother is someone that is always focused and never gives up even when the going gets tough. It is courage that keeps them going. These women have to exercise this courage on a daily basis because they have been left with the charge of being the parent by themselves, especially in their teenage years.
Mira had her nervous breakdowns from her struggles in being a housewife working diligently to keep everything well maintained. Once Mira recovered, she finally divorced her husband and later became a graduate student from Harvard University to study for a PhD in English literature. Although it was unpleasant and laborious, Mira comes to the point with herself and notices her future. Furthermore, Mira mastered to live with herself honestly and happily. When I was younger I knew my mother was happy, or so I thought since she never really showed much emotion, however, I do know when my mom divorced my father she began to struggle trying to handle two children on her own and trying to get a job that pays well with no college degree and not to mention her lack in work experiences due to the fact she did not have much from being a housewife.
Women did not even have the right to vote; when they finally did, they felt a little independent. According to Muntone in London, there was a World’s Anti-Slavery convention in which women could attend but the conventional leaders only allo... ... middle of paper ... ...d not be the cause of a low salary and opportunity. The American society prevents woman from being dominant in the work place because of the fact that women are well known to be submissive. Many people joke around saying women belong in the kitchen, but up to what point is this really a joke? Commonly women are assumed to be housewives to “work” in their home kitchen and care for her children.
Women that practiced midwifery didn’t have any training, but they did have experience. This was the main reason why women preferred giving birth with the help of a midwife instead of a physician. Martha Ballard delivered about 700 babies and not only was she a midwife, she was also a healer. She would also prescribe folk medicine, nurse the sick, and even lay down the dead (Houlihan,1). However, as the time went by, midwives disappeared.
Ellen is merely a child no older then the age of ten but if not knowing this fact, readers would think she was an aged woman who has lived their life sufficiently. In this book Ellen refers to herself many times as "Old Ellen." I believe that she uses this name because throughout the book Ellen is always taking care of someone beside herself: her colored friend, Starletta, and her dying mother. Ellen's parents die, and her grandmother dies, but this isn’t really a great loss for Ellen. Her mother was a frail and sick woman whom Ellen was constantly protecting from her drunken father.
Alcott, however, did not let her resentment surface in behavior: she constantly sacrificed her personal comfort and the artistic quality of her works to the demands of her family. She "plunged into a vortex" to write Work but had to stop to nurse her sister Anna through pneumonia; when she finished the book, it was "Not what it should be,-too many interruptions. Should like to do one book in peace, and see if it wouldn't be good." When her father was dying, she regularly dragged herself out to see him, although very ill herself; two days after his death, free at last of family obligations, she died in Boston. Alcott will always be remembered for Little Women , the classic American story of girls growing up.
Her mother had been educated and had worked in a post office until recently, when a new law was passed. Maria thought that it was irresponsible of her mother to have a job, anyway. She should be tending to the family, not worrying about her career. Women were restricted from so many jobs, the most reliable (and natural) plan was that of becoming a housewife. Maria had never considered doing otherwise.
Helen and my mom rarely go out and do anything but when my mom does I’m happy for her. I’m Julie, I had to hide the person I liked because my mom didn’t really like him, and she thought he was too old. Well, my mom shortly let that go because now he basically lives with us. The house is a little crowded at times but we deal with it. A couple of months ago I told my mom I was pregnant, she didn’t find out the way Julies mom did but she said the exact same thing, “I cant be a grandma, I’m to young.” But after letting everything sink in, she got to know Dylan, the guy I liked, and knew that we would be great parents.
Through her experiences “grieving and rejoicing with family members and friends, mothering nieces and nephews, worrying about the effects of her unstable times on those she loved” she is able to portray the time through her characters (9). During the Romantic Era, very few occupations were open to women, as most were expected to run their husbands house. For the women who remained unmarried (whether by choice or by circumstance), their opportunities to earn money were very limited. One of the most common choices available for a young maid unmarried is to be a governess. Though this was never a first choice, it was one of the most readily available jobs for women and included a lack of re... ... middle of paper ... ...y fought against the odds for the most desired marriage, a marriage of happiness.