Woman’s rights during the Puritan period Woman’s rights during the Transcendental period Woman’s rights in todays society Development Proof 1: Puritan Woman rights Proof 2: “The Great Lawsuit” Transcendental period Proof 3: Woman’s rights in the 21st century Conclusion Meghan Herbert Professor Updike-Tarozzi American Literature 5 November 2013 Woman’s Rights A look back at history shows that women have made great strides in the fight for equality, including women’s suffrage and inroads in equal opportunity in the workplace and in education.
There was a difference in the treatment of men and omen then. Married women were legally dead in the eyes of the law. Women were not even allowed to vote until 1920. They were also not allowed to enter professions such as medicine or law. There were no chances of women getting an education because no college or university would accept a female. Also, women were not allowed to participate in the affairs of the church. Women of 19th and 20th centuries were forced to be totally dependent on men. This made them lack self-respect, self- worth, and self-confidence.
Women’s rights have improved since the inception of our country. The role of Puritan women in the 16th and 17th century was to raise their kids and teach them their moral values. They would teach the children about their agreement with God and stories and lessons from the bible. Woman’s duties were to cook, clean and sew. These were the things that were expected by Puritan women. If they did not do what they were supposed to, they would be out casted by the society. Puritan women were highly obedient to their husbands and were very dutiful to their housework.
The women during this time had little to no rights. They were viewed as interior to their husbands. They could not work in the tactories or as tarmers, they could not own land, and could not vote. If their husband had died, they would have to give up everything or remarry. Women were also denied the right to express themselves in a religious setting. In “The Great Lawsuit” by Margaret Fuller during the transcendental period, she observes men and women in America. She notes that many people think that in marriage the man is the head of the house and the woman the heart.
Problems with the law develop from women being viewed as inferiors; equal to children but not to men. Fuller says, ” Woman need not poetry or power to e happy, which they now have access to, but rather intellectual and religious freedom equal to men’s. ” Fuller believes that each person must be an individual and a self-dependent unit. For women to become such individuals, men need to eliminate their controlling influence, but women also need to claim themselves as self-dependent and remove themselves from the man’s influence.
Today in the 21st century, women still struggle to have as many rights as men. Women have achieved great stature in government, industry, sports, and the media. Women have come a long way over time and have carved a new path for the women to come. While the word “feminist” generally brings upon negative attention, it is the feminist of the world, those who are for women’s rights, whom are creating an opportunity filled future for all females to come.
Men and women will continue to endure different treatment regardless of what day and age, or even socialization theyVe been brought up in. Before the equality of men and women was non-existent, and now it is a work in progress. The future for women is looking up. Overall, women have been fghting for the right to be viewed as equals throughout history. Although women will never be as superior as men, they are more equal now nd have more rights than they used to. Women are lucky to be looked upon as equals since the beginning of the Feminist movement.
In the 16th, 17th, and 18th century women had no voting rights, no rights to own land, were denied the right to express themselves, and were out casted in society. Today, women can vote, own whatever they want, express themselves, and be a part of the government. The have a voice in todays society. Our society recognizes that gender does not determine giftedness. Therefore, a women’s contribution to society depends mostly on what she desires to do with the resources she has available to her.