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Women in the Middle Ages (early 1400s-late 1500s)

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Women in the Middle Ages (early 1400s-late 1500s)

In every part of the world, women have been considered subordinate to men and have not had as many rights as men. They were always expected to do thing such as taking care of the family, satisfying their husband' every need, and not working outside of their houses. During the industrialization era, when jobs became more common and factories needed workers, women started working as well. Thus, as societies became more urbanized, the general role of women steadily improved from early 1400 to the late 1500 in England and Saudi Arabia.

In Saudi Arabia and England, there were certain things that women were not expected to do before the 15th century. This includes enfranchisement, the right to have jobs outside their houses, and the right to political arguments. They also were not allowed to write or get education. In England, however, when the coming of industrialization and factories and open markets came into existence and employees were needed to work in those factories, women started gaining the right to have jobs and could work with men in the same area. In Saudi Arabia, women also gained the right to have jobs, but years latter than the English women, and were not given permission by the males in their households to work with men. The main thing that distinguished English women from Arabian ones was their religion. Arabian women were Muslims, whereas English were Christians. In Islam, women are not to work with men or get education in the same schools as men, whereas Christianity permitted women to do either. Some Arabian men did not allowed their women to go to school at all. Thus, by having women getting a decent education in England and working in factories wherever they wanted, women in England gained more rights and the experience of having more freedom and liberty than those in Saudi Arabia.

In Saudi Arabia, women were expected to stay home and take care of the family while the husbands went to...