Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Harriet Beecher Stowe

By | December 2012
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Ali Graver Period 1 Final Copy The Choice is Yours In the United States during the mid-1800’s people began to speak out against inequality. The issue was not only between black and white, but also the controversy over woman’s rights. Harriet Beecher Stowe, an author during this period, aspired to a world where women are held at the same standards as men. Through her writing she encourages women to break out of their domestic comfort and venture out into the world of work. Stowe, along with works of feminists of that time, inspire women to speak out against society and demand their rights. At the time, many women began to embark into the workplace, and the domestic life began to be seen as degrading. This was because the thought of women working outside of the home was new; therefore, women wanted to take the opportunities that they had never been given before. Those that were not fortunate enough to work felt less important because they were not given the choice on the matter like the other women due to the lack of opportunities or responsibilities left to them. However, Stowe is against this way of thinking and her writing reflects the idea of women being given choices. Through her essay “Women’s Sphere” and short story “Trials of a Housekeeper”, Stowe encourages women to be seen as equals

in the work place, but she also strives to show that domestic life should not be seen as depreciating because it has important lessons and duties that women are naturally given. In modern times, woman are given many options and are provided with an infinite number of paths of life; however, in the early 1800’s, this was not the case. It was not until the mid-1800’s that the idea of women being inferior to men began to evolve. The shift in viewpoints was brought on by women’s rights activists of the time who wrote models of how they felt women should be seen and treated. These models differed greatly from the ones that had come before them. Previously, women were to be...