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Sisterhood Historically, women have been relegated to a limited role in society. In our male dominated culture, a considerable number of people view the natural role of women to be that of mothers and wives. Thus, for many, women are assumed to be more suited for childbearing and homemaking than for involvement in public life. Despite these widespread and governing beliefs, women, frustrated and tired of their inferiority and subordination, began seeking personal and political equality, including equal pay, reproductive choice, and freedom from conventional societal restraints. Massive opposition to a demand for women’s equality with men prompted the organization of women to fight collectively for their rights.
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Female authors wrote on a variety of subjects, from fiction to political theory, and even commentaries on the role of women in their changing society. This new invitation for women to join the sphere of public political and social debate seems out of place with the view of a women’s proper role as being restricted to the domestic sphere and the workings of her household but allows for a distinct parallel between literary and social developments. Some scholars adopt the view that although women authors experienced new levels of popularity and exposure, this change had no significant effect on gender classifications or the roles of women on the basis that women writers of the time primarily spoke out against any radical social change and supported the maintaining of current social structures. Others disagree with the assertion that women were primarily or exclusively anti-revolutionary conformists but still claim that the literature of the period reflects no significant change in women’s roles. And yet, others still contend that in there was an observable and significant cha... ... middle of paper ... ...d the Rights of Woman."
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