Women Role In Roman Society

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Throughout history, women were viewed less valuable as their male counterpart. In the Roman society, it reinforces the notion of women being the homemaker and fulfilling the needs of the family. Roman society is similar to the global south, where women are still seen as property. Realistically speaking, women are important to our society, but every society has their different cultural norm. In this paper, I will be discussing to what degree women are important to the Roman society. A Roman girl had a very quick childhood. She grew up very fast and received little or no education, since they had to shoulder the duties of a Roman matrona and become a wife or even a mother at a very early age. (Shelton 1998, 288) According to Shelton (1998,…show more content…
Although it has been proven that majority of Roman women were housewives, but there were also some women who would not only required to be a matronae. A handful of women were also involved in professional activities such as business, sales, and skilled trade where they were midwives, nurses, or even doctors. These handful of women were generally from upper-class families and were given the permission to excel something in life. (Shelton 1998, 303) As my thesis believes, women were not given importance in the society for their role. The Roman society view men as being the bread winners, but women were never given credit for what they did. In fact, they were not allowed to become something other then a housewife, which eventually doesn’t make them important. Majority of the women who were housewives, would only be given credit if they did their household work properly, but that importance was not equal to a man’s…show more content…
According to Hylen (2014, 3), Roman women were known to be humble and inferior to men, but despite of that they were also found to be good leaders. Due to the cultural norms of Ancient Rome, Roman women who exhibit those leadership skills are not stepping out of their homes to experience the real world. This proves that Roman women who are housewives also have a potential, but are not given that role in Roman society. In conclusion, there are various evidences that prove that majority of Roman Women were seen as property and were always given least priority. From the given research, it has been discussed that majority of Roman women do not have an important role in Roman society, therefore they are inferior to men and were seen as only housewives. As said previously, Roman women were never given a chance to get out in the real world and become something like the men did. According to various evidences, they would make great leaders and could pursue a lot from their
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