“The 19th century is marked by the fact that women are regarded as objects in all the social categories.” (MIHĂILĂ) The 19th century also led women to realize their low intelligence due to the lack of education that was restricted by society. Schooling was available for girls but, there were very few elementary school that allowed females. The education that was given to these were for home life like cooking, sewing, and cleaning. Due to the lack of education, women were not allow to participate in any political choices. After the end of the American Civil war when the Fifteenth Amendment was passed, which granted African American men the right to vote. Many females believed this would lay a foundation for women to have the right to vote but, this ges...
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... moment when the father and the mother of the unnamed daughter are talking and the mother says, “Wait til Laird (the son in the family) gets a little bigger, then you’ll have real help.” (Munro) That statement assumes that as a male figure in the house he will take on the same roles his father does. With this era of gender equality the roles are frequently switched between male and female which, would be unheard of until 1960’s. The U.S. census states that 1.9 million fathers are stay at home dads giving a big change in the way gender roles are represented. (Shifflett)
Alice Munro shows that there are roles that are associated with gender but, as times are changing, gender roles are slowly fading away and becoming part of the past. This gives light on new generation of equality amongst men and women. Possibly in the near future there will not be a gap between them.
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