For example, in family, workplace and politics aspect, men had absolute power and right on decision making whereas women are not entitled to or nearly forbidden to involve in the above aspect. Women even were considered as outsiders when the married as if they were only the machine of reproduction and housework. This indicated that female in Chinese lineage-dominated society were by no means treated fairly. Nonetheless, the situation has changed since several decades ago, women gained higher status in workplace as well as in the family. Female are not trapped by those feudal way of thinking anymore.
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.
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There is no denying that the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party under Chairman Mao Zedong changed the course of the history of China and shaped the China the world sees today. The amount of lives, cultural traditions, and differing intellectual thoughts that were lost and destroyed as he strove to meet his goals for the country can never be recovered or replaced. However, it had been asserted that one of the more positive effects of Chairman Mao on the people of China was his somewhat radical opinion of woman. Prior to the Communist Revolution, women’s role in Chinese society was almost completely limited to life within the home and focused on supporting their family and being submissive to their fathers and husbands. Chairman Mao realized that women were one of the oppressed groups in China that could be utilized to increase his control over the country.
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If history has taught us anything, it is that societies have never readily accepted women as being equal to men. This has never been as evident as in traditional Asian societies. In China specifically, the consequences of being born female in traditional Chinese society can be found in traditional literature, traveller’s tales, personal recollections and scattered statistics mostly from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries . Women’s behaviour, in traditional Chinese society, had been strictly governed by a moral code and certain social customs that separated them from men. This paper attempts to illustrate the role that women in traditional Chinese society played.
Instantly males became the preferred gender over females, and families would take drastic measures if they had a female first. But why is male preferred over female? Because males carry on the family name and males work to help pay bills and never leave, but instead stay to support the family. Females would be given away, sold, abandoned, or even worse, killed, to prevent being fined for having two children. This is the reason why majority of adoptions from China are baby girls.
Anti-feminism in China has been present since ancient times, and has just recently decreased. Anti-feminism in America has never been as severe as it was in China; however, instead of the value of women gradually increasing over the years - it has reversed. The value of women in America has decreased. There are many similarities between the ancient Chinese women and the modern women of America. Women in China and women in America have both gone through evolutions of how they are treated and looked upon; it is just that women in China have evolved, where the women of America have devolved.
Rather, women’s empowerment in China was a mere vehicle for economic production, a progressive transformation for the sake Maoist goals. India, on the other hand, was more concerned with “peaceful change” than revolution, and its parliamentary system did not, in actuality, promote or allow demand politics. Hence, women’s social roles stagnated. In both countries, modernization occurred with little regard for women, and their rights were further ignored in the reform periods and throughout liberalization. In both countries, the progress that occurred for women was either exclusively economic or exclusively motivated by economic goals, which left them with no basis for unity or demand politics in any realm but labor.