At times, it is impossible for these women to manage their household duties. Sometimes, women are forced to work because their male counterparts do not earn sufficient incomes to make end meet. A lot of working mothers, thus, face the difficulties of looking after their young ones. However, most working class women prefer not to work at home because being a homemaker is a herculean task that requires a lot of skill and patience. Since women feel incapable of looking after their children,... ... middle of paper ... ...iders.
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.
Women in the Workplace If one takes a closer look at the issues surrounding the differences between the male and female roles in the workforce and in education, one will notice that women tend to be one step below men on the "status" or "importance" ladder. In American society, the woman has always been viewed in the traditional viewpoint of what role she should play in the home; that she is the homemaker or caretaker. Even when women break from the stereotypical role of "housewife" and join the workforce, they still are not given an equal opportunity at acquiring a job that is seen to be as advancing or of higher recognition, as they would like to have. Men usually already take those positions. Men are traditionally seen as being in the "supervisor" position in the home.
Throughout history women have always been subordinate to men. At the start of the 1800s, women were still looked upon primarily as the homemaker. But due to and along with the Second Great Awakening, women decided that they wanted to make changes of their own. This started the evolution of women’s roles and women’s opportunities in the family, the workplace, and society. Before the 1900s women had few rights.
Although many people have accepted the idea of equality for women and their rights, they still put pressure and guilt on these mothers who are found in the workfield (). For example, in a MOM vs MOM Survey Report in 2000 it said, “65% of stay at home moms claim that working moms do not understand that raising a child is more important than maintaining a lifestyle” (). This same group of moms who were surveyed also called working moms “selfish and materialistic” and that they feel they put their own welfare before the well-being of their children. Stay at home mother Sherri Stamper of New Whiteland, Indiana said the following statement: “All of the working moms I know freely admit that they do it for material things. They know they 're doing a disservice to their children, but they can 't stand to scale back their lifestyle".
Women were forced to live by rules and standards that were unfair and unreasonable in both the household and in the workplace. Women should have had the same rights as men instead of being treated as a minority and known as incapable for being independent because they did extreme amounts of work that were unrecognized. In the Renaissance era, freedom of speech was not identified throughout the people and society. This gave men the authority to be superior to women, which was unjust. “ The ideal women was rarely seen and never heard in public: women were expected to be housewives and take care of everything to do with the house.” (Cloud).
Bettelheim believes that gender is not the issue, but simply the work she is forced to do is a symbol of debasement in comparison to her stepsisters (568). In my opinion, most people couldn't relate to the story of Cinderella if Cinderella was a male due to the traditional female r... ... middle of paper ... ...out complaint, and does not pursue the Prince. The story of Cinderella symbolizes the gender expectations of society; women should posses certain qualities and virtues, and they should stay at home to do housework. Men should hold the jobs, care for the women, and give them identity. Works Cited Bettelheim, Bruno.
Although in today’s society women are sometimes still subjected to practices that label them as inferior to men, whether it’s in a marriage where the woman must stay at home to care for the child or in the workplace where the female is paid an average of 25 cents less than men, the fight for equality for women has come a long way since the 1920’s and 30’s. This is the time period that Kari Boyd McBride reflects upon for women in her essay “A Boarding House is not a Home: Women’s Work and Woman’s Worth on the Margins of Domesticity.” McBride’s essay is valuable because of the experience and knowledge she has about her field, which is that of Women’s Studies. In analyzing McBride’s essay the rhetorical devices found to be used were logos and pathos. First, it will be sho... ... middle of paper ... ...ues women’s work becomes wrong. Yes, in today’s society one could argue further that a woman who stays at home and does not work is only reinforcing the stereotype and prolonging the inequality.
Women have not always been able to voice there opinions or work in the same position as men. Women have always been looked upon as mothers that work in the home and care for the family and do nothing more than that. Although there is nothing wrong with that (some women are perfectly happy with this role) that perception of the women has limited us and hasn’t let us reach our full potential. The image of the woman has drastically changed. Until only fifty years ago or so, women had to "behave nice" to men in order to be selected by men and supported by them because for thousands of years societies have prohibited women from becoming self-sufficient.
Lastly, organizations were starting to form in order to stand up against the inequality of the world. Women were seen as inferior so they were allowed to do inferior work like raising kids and doing house work. “Historically, society believed a women place was in her home, caring for her husband and children, as opposed to a work placed.” Society believed that a women should stay home and not go out to find a job. Women were not allowed to work, only the men needed to work unfortunately the lifestyles were different from one another. “A women was expected to follow one pat: to marry in her early 20s, start a family quickly, and devote her life to homemaking”.