Over the past few centuries, the role of women in society has shifted greatly. The role of women has become more similar to that of men but women have added responsibilities. Women work now but also give birth and are responsible for their families. Although men are just a responsible for their families, women’s roles as nurturers, due to the fact that they give birth has remained the same. In a lot of ways it is harder for women now than ever. During the 18th and 19th centuries a woman’s role was primarily in the home but during these periods there were women who acted as trailblazers, creating new paths for women and opening doors. I will discuss what this experience must have been like in the following interview between Betsy Ross and Rosalyn Sussman Yalow.
Betsy Ross sewed the first American Flag. Before sewing this flag she attended a Quaker school and was apprenticed to a local upholsterer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was a very successful upholsterer and enjoyed her duties tremendously. After agreeing to sew the American flag Ross suggested small changes to it. She suggested it be rectangle shaped instead of square and also that the six point stars be made with five points instead. Betsy Ross was ecstatic to be a part of such history in the making. This was a very exciting time for our nation and Ross reveled in her role in this. Many women during this time did not work but instead relied on their husbands to provide for them and the family. Ms Ross however was widowed at twenty four years old and took care of herself from the living she earned as an upholsterer. This was not an everyday thing for a woman to do during this time and she should be commended for it. Rosalyn Sussman Yalow was an American medial physicist. In 1977 she became a winner of the Nobel Prize for her role in developing radioimmunoassay. Rosalyn Sussman Yalow was born in Manhattan, New York and attended school there as well. As a child Ms...
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