Lastly, although many girls of today consider diverse jobs, some are hindered by their gender. Although it is said that women are treated equal to men, it is not true and more measures should be taken and more effort put into equalizing men and women. Women have never been scientifically proven to be inferior to men. It is generally true that men have better physical features for physical work. Nevertheless, it has been proven that women mature faster, learn faster and they are not as easily sidetracked.
Men are preferred over women, most of the time. Men are the ones that are more likely to receive the promotions and get hired, rather than a woman. Regardless, women and men both bring qualities that make for a very efficient
In my opinion, I believe that once we get a better understanding of the author's interest in this subject area and get a feel for life in the 19th century, then we will have a better understanding of the story. First, let's take a look at the background of Gilman before and after she wrote The Yellow Wallpaper. Gilman lived during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and she definitely had her fair share of troubles. Her biggest struggle in life was living within the constraints of a society that put women in a class apart from everyone else; when in her heart she felt that she was an equal counterpart to men. She suffered depression from this problem for many years, until finally she was seem by a world-famous neurologist, Dr. Weir Mitchell, who simply prescribed her with rest.
The traditional male jobs are disappearing and while there are more and more jobs for the highly educated woman. Finally a new, dominant type of woman has emerged: A woman with a mind of her own, whom actively takes power over men. In the article Hannah Rosin arguments that woman are taking over the male’s dominant role in society. Rosin talks the to recipients thoughts and reason, she gives a set of facts which shows the growing influence of women in society. In this way she shows her readers that she is right in what she says: “Ear... ... middle of paper ... ...that they very well might be the ones working while their husbands stayed at home, either looking for work or minding the children.
Understanding The Yellow Wallpaper There are more reported cases of clinical depression in women than their are in men. There is also, generalized in western cultures, a stereotype that women are fragile and should be more dedicated to maintaining the home, doing feminine things, that they shouldn't work, and be discouraged from intellectual thinking. In the Victorian period (1837-1901) aside from women's suffragette movements the Victorian woman usually upheld this stereotype of a well behaved wife, more or less a possession then an individual. However, there were a few who defied the odds and took it to heart to let the world know about the indifference's that they went through. Charlotte Perkins Gilman, feminist, was one of these women who used her writing to express the differences and hardships women went through.
“the patriarchal forces that have impeded women’s efforts to achieve full equality with men,” is present in Victorian society as well as in Jane Eyre. Early in Jane’s life women are put in a position in which exert their standards of what women s... ... middle of paper ... ...ated society. Jane also shows how independent she is by seeking work even after marriage and refusing to conform to the typical Victorian woman: dependent and obedient to men. In the end Jane wins, in a sense, over a man; she defies the natural order of society when Rochester must become dependent on Jane. In closing Jane Eyre is a story of how a strong woman overcomes the unfair and unequal societal norms of the Victorian era and is rewarded with the equality and independence she fought so hard for.
“Key to all feminist analysis is a recognition of the different degrees of social power that are granted to and exercise by women and men,” (Hall 199). In many cases, men are viewed as the stronger power in human society because women may not be as smart as men. Hall’s theory is proved correct in the novel The Awakening, Kate Chopin, followed by “The Story of an Hour,” also by Chopin and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Gilman. The women in these stories create an idea of women in the nineteenth century who are treated with less respect than men treat each other. One of the women could not take any more drama in her life and she decides to disappear for the rest of her life.
In the workplace, I believe that women's salaries have gotten closer to men's, but in general they are still behind. I do think women have broken through the "glass ceiling" in some companies and are reaching senior executive levels of organizations, but they are still the exception vs. the rule. More and more organizations are recruiting senior level women and promoting women to more senior levels but we have a long way to go to reach an equity level. One of the things I've seen in my own business that I find interesting is that women still tend to follow their husbands in situations where a new job requires relocation more often than husbands following their wives to new jobs in new locations. I don't know if this is a function of men getting more opportunities than women, or that men still dominate the relationship, but I do see this phenomenon in the workplace.
Gender inequality all began because of the patriarchal society back in past centuries. Some people, mostly males, are still having issues and concerns that our society is not so much male dominated anymore. Today females have a lot more freedom and opportunities in the employment fields especially in occupations that people have always stereotyped men to have. Altman and Pannell (2012) state that, “Domestic work, weather paid or unpaid, has long been socially defined as women’s work.” (p. 293). Ever since the 19th and 20th century, women have been stereotyped as household employers and men have always been the financial providers in society.
We say this now because women can have jobs that were once only allowed for men. They can become doctors, lawyers, or political figures. However, the wages that they make vary. The women still make less than men, for doing the exact same job. And if you look at the way society presents the women in these professions, they are the ideal of female beauty, “they reflect white, abled, middle-class standards” (192 Women’s Voices).