American Women in Society

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Throughout history women in the Americas have played a mayor role in society. In a time where women could take care of themselves, they could own property and enforce laws. Even after their rights were taken away by the arrival of the Europeans in 1462. Women did not have control over themselves, could not own property and did not have political rights. They continue to have a big influence on the construction of the US government. Today times have changed, women are fighting back and taking charge of their freedom. Women now are once again gaining power over themselves and gaining political rights. In early america, women were given equal rights as men; when the Europeans arrived women were striped of their equalities, and no longer had …show more content…
What is more impressive is that women were able to defend themselves against attacks both psychological and physical attacks. Women that were given freedom and power were stronger and less susceptible to physical or emotional attacks. When women lost male leaders, they would become chieftains and able to successfully maintain large groups of people. “No people goes down until their women are weak and dishonored…” (Zinn page 104) The idea of a strong women was welcomed in the lives of native americans. they had lived this way for hundreds of years and they were successful. Pocahontas (Spoiled child) is one of a few example of women that had a big impact back when Europeans had almost no influence in the lives of women in the American Continent. Pocahontas proved that native americans where not all savages as many Europeans thought. Eventually Pocahontas became a symbol of peace and a bridge of two worlds. “No people goes down until their women are weak and dishonored…” (Zinn page 104) this was true because when the bridge between Pocahontas and the Europeans was broken the relationship between native americans and the Europeans started to go downhill. in a strange land with no food they started to die of starvation, leading to violence between the two groups. Women's lives in the Americas changed dramatically after the arrival of the Europeans back in
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