During the 16th century, women were not equivalent to men. Women were rarely educated and had only a few rights. The woman basically got marry and had children, or had simple jobs. Certainly, they were viewed as weak individuals and inferior to men. In spite of that one woman raised above this common perception - her majesty, Queen Elizabeth I.
Elizabeth I was the queen of England from 1558-1603 and lived in a time when men were better and superior to women. Also, women were expected to obey their husbands and were expected to not be commanding to their husbands during this time (document 5). Throughout Elizabeth I’s reign, she broke away from this standard of men being superior to women by proving that a woman can be an effective ruler just like a man by facing the idea that a woman should not have power, facing the challenge of being a religious authority, and declaring her political authority.
Elizabeth Tudor also known as Elizabeth I of England was born on September 7th, 1533, in the Palace of Placentia in Greenwich, United Kingdom. It all started when Elizabeth I father, King Henry VIII of England wished to marry Anne Boleyn (Elizabeth's mother) but Henry the
The Early Life of Queen Victoria Queen Victoria, the well-known Queen of England did not start out as some would expect. Her Grandfather, King George the third of England had fifteen children, his third child was The Duke of Kent, Queen Victoria's father. The Duke of Kent married Princess Victoria of Saxe- Coburg- Gotha. Later they had a baby girl together on May twenty- fourth eighteen- nineteen. They christened her as Alexandrina Victoria. Her childhood was not a happy one. She did not have a lot of money and did not have many children her age to play with. Since she was heir to the throne she had a strict education. She was extremely smart and was excellent at languages, yet she had trouble with Latin, and she appreciated history. She enjoyed music and she liked to draw. When she was taught to dance it helped develop her natural poise, which she is most known for. Deportment was important for queens. Her mother would tie a sprig of prickly holly under Victoria's chin to make her hold her head up,' a severe but effective measure (Grant 5). She was supervised persistently, up until she was queen she slept in her mother's bedroom. Victoria's governess and mother would sit in the schoolroom with her throughout her lessons and she was not even permitted to go down stairs without someone holding her hand in case she was to fall. She did not even know she was heir to the throne until she was eleven when she opened her history book and found a new piece of paper positioned in there of the English royalty and she saw that she was in line for the throne. 'She looked up at her
Gender plays an enormous role in society, it distinguishes the difference between men and women. Men and women has different role to play in society because it is what they have to do in order not to be criticized. Moreover, they have to be the head of the household and they have to provide for their family. On the other hand, women has to be the housewives and have to take care of the family. Gender roles takes place in every single era that people lived in and it always had an influence over every single individual. During the 1700-1900s, women had few rights and they never had a voice in society. They had to stay pure until marriage and men who are sexually inactive are considered less of a man. Women couldn’t divorce their husbands, or own properties. In addition, women were treated more like a property or an animal to be tamed by men. Once a baby is born, s/he has to live up to the expectation of society or
“We wanted a boy, she is not what we wanted”. Imagine hearing these words come from a parents mouth, especially a fathers. Generally fathers are to favorite daughters more than sons, and mothers favorite sons more that daughters. However, on the afternoon of September 7th 1533, those were the words and thoughts that were heard as a princess, and future queen was born to King Henry VII and Anne Boleyn. It appears that even in the 1500's oppression against women was evident. Women throughout the years have never been equal with men. Men in Elizabeth's day were seen as the most suitable heirs to the throne (Watkins).
“Bishops of the Church of England, who would have naturally opposed the progression of gender
Elizabeth was a young slave girl, who at the age of thirteen converts to the Lord. The Lord then speaks to the Elizabeth, telling her to spread his world to be saved from Hell. During the religious revivals of the eighteenth and nineteenth enslaved women became converts. They found strength in their religion, from God, and continued on through his will. As Elizabeth’s mother said “nobody in the wide world to look to but God”, many must have found solace in the fact that he was the only one capable of judging them.
During the late 1800s, Great Britain flourished. It was a time of innovation and progress, directed by the leadership of Queen Victoria. Her limited political power allowed Victoria to have a tremendous positive effect on the British Empire. She helped spread and popularize new technology by using it herself and supporting it financially. She used her limited power to avoid conflicts and wars and was seen as a relatable figure due to her middle class values.
Deeply influenced by her time’s stereotypes of women, some of which she shared, Elizabeth I worked hard to avoid the mistakes of her female predecessors. Perceiving herself as a king at heart (Doc.12), Elizabeth distanced herself from what were thought to be the innate traits of women. Responding to the commonly held beliefs that women were dangerous and inequitable as rulers, yet weak and subservient by nature, Elizabeth strove to be a fair and loyal leader, played up her feminine traits for political gain, and refused to tolerate any form of dissent.
Catherine the Great, really was a great ruler. I think that overall, she was trying to be very fair to everybody. In 1773 Catherine the Great had an edict called “Toleration of All Faiths.” With this edict I thought she was showing how everybody should be treated fair by tolerating free practice of people’s faith. However, the main purpose she did this was she thought it was a good way to pacify frontier territory. Then there were some instances such as how she treated the Jews and when she attacked the privileges of the Russian Orthodox Church, which was not tolerating all faiths. Putting that instance behind though I think that she really was aware of what her duties were and what she was supposed to do. She made it very clear in her law code that the End of Monarchy was to “Not to deprive People of their natural Liberty; but to correct their Actions, in order to attain the supreme Good.”
As we know and have learned over the number of chapters, in the early history women were seen as inferior to men for the most part. Men in the early history in almost all societies were the ones with the power and say so throughout the societies. Gender inequality shows a major presents within these early societies because that is how these societies were shaped to be. Even though these societies were shaped around gender inequality it was something that had an impact on many especially the women of these times. Because not only were women always given the short end of the stick but many felt as if they were just as capable of doing exactly what the men did. And in fact many women did whatever possible within their power to be the best they
In 1558, John Knox declared, “To promote a Woman to bear rule, superiority, dominion, or empire above any Realm, Nation, or City, is against all Nature…” (document 1). Knox’s statement was no different than most English men’s opinions during the 1500s. The majority of the population was opposed to having a women hold any type of political power, as they believed it was a job for solely a man to possess. Leading up to the time period of Queen Elizabeth I’s reign, females had a specific purpose in life: to serve their husbands and provide them with children. All women lacked freedom and liberty, Elizabeth Tudor sought to change this matter. When Queen Elizabeth was coronated in 1559, men were superior in all economic and social aspects; however,
Born on 24 May, 1819 in Kensington Palace, Alexandrina Victoria was the only daughter of Edward, the Duke of Kent and Victoria Maria Louisa of Saxe-Coburg. At birth, Victoria was the fifth in line after her father and his three older brothers. Eight months after her birth, her father had died and she was the next in line as her three uncles before her had no legitimate children who survived. In 1830 after her uncle George IV died, she became heiress presumptive next to her surviving uncle, William IV. The Regency Act of 1830 made special provision for the Duchess of Kent to act as her regent just in case William died while Victoria was still a minor. King William in 1836 declared in the Duchess’ presence that he wanted to live until Victoria’s 18th birthday, so that the regency could be avoided.