July 10, 2015
The Rights of American Women
Early in American society, women played the role as the primary caretaker of their children in their homes. The only purposes women served in society, back in those days, was to reproduce, care for their own children, and care for their homes. Men, at the same time in history, assumed the responsibilities of hunting, fishing, and producing crops to provide food for their families. They also bared the burden of fighting in times of war.
Male supremacy, however, was accepted in every society and religion dating back as far as one may find among the earliest of all of the historical records. Women were considered inferior and weaker than men due to the men’s role in warfare and hunting. Male dominance continued to live on prominently throughout the years and become even better developed as different societies formed.
Therefore, until recently, women were at a drastic disadvantage in society dating back as far back as historical documents exist. They were traditionally restricted to feministic activities inside the home and valued as their husband’s property. Women were not allowed an education and could not hold positions of power, nor could they make any decisions without the consent of their husbands.
In the early 1800s, certain states in the United States of America, began to allow married women to possess their own property in an estate that was separate from her husband’s property. Generally, the only property that a woman had before marriage was property that had been given to her by or inherited from her father. Despite these successes, wives, themselves, were still viewed as their husband’s property.
Until 1848, however, little atten...
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...p in the fight to end the stigma of gender discrimination in the United States of America once and for all.
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