The fact that this question still exists shows that the answer proves neither easy nor definitive. Women are diverse in their idea of what they want and what they desire to fulfill their needs. According to The Wife of Bath, she believes that women want mutual respect. Throughout history, women are portrayed as being the subordinate sex. Moreover, women live lives of being subservient to their male counterparts. The Wife of Bath felt the need to express the fact that there is an obvious problem with the balance of power within the marriage. Consequently, she set forth on a journey to confirm that women can be just as overbearing, domineering and cruel as men. She demanded to be heard.
Throughout written history, women have experienced status submissive to the men they lived with. Commonly, most cultures known to modern historians followed a typical pattern of men being given the role of the defender and breadwinner of the family, whereas women were given responsibilities of domestic servitude. The roles of females differed greatly among the ancient societies of Egypt and Mesopotamia. The most part, ancient women in Egypt enjoyed more rights and privileges than their Mesopotamian counterparts in matters of marriage and property ownership. Women in ancient Egyptian civilization were perceived as liberated citizens with the same potential to operate as part of a legal system as men, and they can even be priestess.
Who is superior, man or woman? In “The Wife of Bath’s Tale”, situated in the 14th century, at this point in time there was a big difference in society between man and woman. Woman used to be the housekeepers, and did not have any independence from men. This aspect has been changing over the time as we get closer to the 21st century, women have been gaining respect and equality similar to men, and nowadays women can have the same jobs that men have.
Queen Hatshepsut was the first woman Pharaoh in middle Egypt she was very strong to take such a big responsibility. Her name means “Foremost Of Noble Women” which she is known to society. She was also the was the first woman to rule more than 10 years.
Hatshepsut was said to be born in 1507 BC. Her name means foremost of noble ladies. She was the 5th pharaoh of Egypt and the second historically confirmed female pharaoh. Hatshepsut started ruling Egypt in 1478 BC. Officially, she was just there to help thutmose III who was the heir to the throne at just two years old. She was the only child of thutmose I and his primary wife. Her husband, Thutmose II, was thutmose I's son from a secondary wife who is thought to be the primary wife’s daughter. Some people say that hatshepsut was “the first great woman in history”
Mesopotamian men and women viewed themselves as subservient to the gods and believed humans were at the mercy of the god's arbitrary decisions. To counter their insecurity, the Mesopotamians not only developed the arts of divination in order to understand the wishes of their gods, but also relieved some anxiety by establishing codes that regulated their relationships with one another. These law codes became an integral part of Mesopotamian society. Although there were early Sumerian law codes, the best-preserved Mesopotamian collection of law codes was that of Hammurabi (fl.18th century B.C.).
Queen/ Pharaoh Hatshepsut took a stand in history to fight for woman’s rights. She was the 1st Egyptian queen to pronounced herself pharaoh. After years of being queen to Thutmose ii, then co-ruling with Thutmose iii she then announced herself as right full Pharaoh. No queen had ever done this before. Not only did she break the boundaries she made amazing advancements for her country of that time. Her main goal was to increase and advance economic prosperity. This made her no afraid to stand up for her and woman’s rights. She, unlike others, knew what she wanted and did not let anyone or anything get in her way no matter what.
Harriet Tubman, the Moses of the slaves, was an unlettered individual who was brutally abused but fought through her life’s cruel challenges and struggles, saved countless lives along the way (risking her own), and wholeheartedly supported what she believed. Since a very young age Harriet, being a slave, was mercilessly mistreated by her master. On one occasion, she was hit in the head with a sack by a slave owner when she refused to help him find one of his slaves that had run away from him. The blow to the head caused lifelong head trauma and seizures. In addition, she would have sporadic visions that she believed were sent from God. As evident, Harriet Tubman’s life was full of hardships and difficulty.
The wife of baths tale takes place during a pilgrimage in the mid-14()0s, during such a time when not all women were ladies but being polite, noble and kind was fundamental at the time of this stories portrayment. The wife of bath's tale depicts a not so spoken element of a widowed women that's in an endless pursuit of pleasure. The first line of the first page states that "Experience, though no authority." Her many men she's wedded has given her a seasoning of knowledge that can't be learned from
Although ancient Egyptian women were not completely equal to the men in their society, they still had more rights than women in other ancient societies. Unlike women in other ancient societies, Egyptian women enjoyed most of the same legal and economic rights that Egyptian men did. In ancient Egypt “the disparities between people's legal rights were based on differences in social class and not on gender.”
The two passages I read were: “Leaders of the Civil War Era: Harriet Tubman” by Ann Malaspina and “The woman called Moses” by Walter Oleksy & Meg Mims. These two texts tell about the life of historical figure Harriet Tubman. Although the documents are about someone who actually lived, it has two different purposes.
One of the most striking differences between ancient Athenian women and ancient Egyptian women was the ability to hold positions of power. Egyptian women were monarchs and held other positions depending on their social status. (Capel 1996, 176) Women were allowed to participate in low ranking government jobs, especially during war when the men are off fighting and leaving behind their positions. However, these positions were not kept for long because the men upon return automatically earned their position back by being the superior sex (Watterson 1991,).
Until recently, much of what we thought we knew about ancient Persia was derived from the writings of Greek historians and philosophers (Borbor 101). Not many original written records—ones produced by Persians in their own time period—have survived to this day. The common view of ancient Persia is therefore based more on myth, speculation, and the historical perspectives of outsiders than concrete archaeological evidence. Even less is known about the status of women in that time period. If asked to describe ancient Persia, most modern readers might picture a civilization in which women were confined to harems or marriages that were essentially a form of enslavement. The truth, however, is much more complicated. A detailed examination of primary documents reveals that women in ancient Persia—particularly women in the royal family—had a surprising degree of social, legal, and economic independence.
Throughout history women have faced many struggles in gaining equality with men. Freedoms and boundaries have been dependent upon the time period, rulers, religions and civilization. Ancient Greek women and Ancient Egyptian women were both equal to men as far as the law was concerned in certain areas; however, their equalities were different in the sense that Greek women were married out of necessity and viewed as property while Egyptian women were respected and loved by their husbands. Ancient Greek women and Ancient Egyptian women also both lived with limitations such as being thought of as domestic servants, yet these views solely depended on the time and polis.
Some aspects of the lifestyle ancient civilizations lived almost seem appalling or intolerable when compared to the very developed and carefully shaped the world inhabited today. One of these characteristics of previous societies that prove to be rather challenging to conceive in current times consists of the lack of rights, privileges, and equity women had. Society maintained this assumption of a man’s superiority up until the women’s rights movement of the early twentieth century; yet with the two sexes essentially equal in America today, imagining a restricted life as a female proves unfathomable. Looking back at the history of human kind, men almost always subdued women and treated them as property. When focusing on the first