Never has there been a subject that has aroused as much discussion as the one of the evolution of women’s place in society. It is commonly heard that the man has been superior to the woman. This belief appeared first because of the psychological and physiological differences between both sexes. Thus, since the beginning of times, it has also been spread that women was only born to stay home, raise children, cook, make the house chores, and take care of their husband. However, women participated in the workforce, not only in the countryside, where they may had to work in a farm, or in the cities as domestic servants, but also as laborers. Nevertheless, they did not have any responsibilities. Moreover, the aim of woman was to get married as soon as possible. In Shakespeare’s story Romeo and Juliet, the main character Juliet was supposed to marry a man although she was only 14 years old. The ascendancy of men over women was extreme. In addition, the "forbidden areas" of women were in politics, religion and education. Fortunately, the times have changed and evaluated. In recent centuries, the image of women has been upgraded to its fair value. Thanks to the large amount of means and fights bestowed to defend the gender equality, women succeed in improving their status. This struggle began in the fifteenth century at the time of Joan of Arc and is still current. Joan of Arc was a woman who pretended to be a man in order to have the same rights as them, in particular to go to war. She is the emblem of feminists who often take her as an example in order to achieve their purposes such as the right for women to vote. Furthermore, in the eighteenth century many popular revolutions throughout the world allowed women to be heard. Although the results were not initially very consistent, it has been beneficial for women afterward. Other events and actors, or rather actresses, essential to the fight against gender segregation, have helped to change people’s way of thinking over time. An in-depth analysis of the evidence leads us to think that a significant and gradual emancipation of women in the society occurred since the 19th century until today. Doubtlessly, today’s role of women is not the same than two centuries before. They have more freedom, responsibilities and credibility in every domain. In this essay, the evolution of women will be discussed and analyzed in three parts. First of all, the submission of women in the nineteenth century before turning to the incipient rebellion the female gender. Here we hope to demonstrate that the women began to emancipate in the twentieth. Finally, we shall examine the paper in the establishment of a recognized and respected status of women in the modern twenty-first century.
The nineteenth century was mainly about men and what they accomplished for the society. As they had the right to be educated and go to university, men made significant changes by inventing revolutionary objects that disrupted everyone’s way of life. In contrast, women were forced to stand the fact that they did not have the same rights as them. They had no right to be educated, to work or even to think. Their role was only reduced of doing household chores and taking care of their children and husband. The current thinking of that time was that women did not have the mental and physical abilities to take on another role as the one of housekeeper or laborer. We could even compare their situation as legal slavery. Since their birth, women were the property of a man. First of all, they were their father’s, then their husband’s. Their opinions were never taken into consideration. Women were not recognized as full thinking and acting beings by the society. Florence Fenwick Miller, a journalist, described in 1990 woman's position of this time very concisely: ”Under exclusively man-made laws women have been reduced to the most abject condition of legal slavery in which it is...
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