In the Middle Ages from 476 CE- 14th century almost all of the power of women was determined by biblical references. The average woman in a rural area had the duty of making clothes from wool, cleaning, cooking, and taking care of children. The women in town often were tasked in purchasing and trading goods and the normal housekeeping. In extreme cases women were known as witches. Other women became nuns and got involved in spiritual matters. In the year 1000 traditional marriage that involved getting married for financial reasons became less common. Although the parents still assisted in choosing the spouse it was becoming freer to choose who to marry. The woman was essentially owned by a male guardian almost like a child. However, if a rich widowed woman decided she did not want or have another guardian available, she was able to have her own name. During the Middle Ages many rich women were able to participate in things such as art, music or writing. It was rare for a woman not that well off to be able to purchase the tools or have the education to do art, music, or writing. All the rules developed depended on how
The second area that saw the littlest change for women in the Renaissance was the expectations that came with their social status. Overall women were deemed to be a lower class in terms of gender, and men often treated them with less respect as a result. Within social classes, stereotypical beliefs regarding women and their role were held. Lower class women were expected to be housewives and take care of everything to do with the house. The expectation of working-class women, however, was slightly different. They were expected to work for their husbands and help them run their business, although they couldn’t partake in any of the work by themselves or outside of the house. However, this different expectation wasn’t necessarily new and was upheld from previous times, supporting this idea of women not receiving a Renaissance in the area of social class. Some women in the elite were able to become slightly more independent from their husbands and gain more responsibility, but the vast majority of women in the Renaissance continued to be used for the sole benefits of the men; as providers of a dowry, homemakers
However, others would say, despite the fact that women were not legal citizens at the time, many women did their best to maintain maximum education. Women would often run their own small businesses from home by trading homemade cloth or food for cash or other goods. There are accounts of women taking up jobs outside the home as well, especially with the onset of industrialization. Still, the majority of women, especially those of the lower working classes, had to resign themselves to a very restricted life overshadowed by the men of their community.
European families always put the males first, whereas African and Native American cultures saw the woman as the symbol of family bond. The children were said to be descended through the mother’s side more than the father. Religion was somewhat similar between the Native American and African cultures where the
All of the villages had one large farm where all villagers shared as grazing land for their animals. The village also included church land (glebe), the lords hunting forest, and meadows where hay was grown. A farmer usually had two crops; a spring and an autumn crop. The spring usually consisting
In the middle ages, social classes had a major effect on the responsibilities of women. One responsibility was that many women was married when they were teenagers rather they lived in a castle or a peasant hovel (Bovey). Peasant hovels are the houses that the peasants lived in. Another responsibility is women of the church had the responsibilities of the abbesses of convents (Bovey). Abbesses of the convents was the “leader” of mostly the monks in the Catholic Church. Also, peasant women had the responsibility of all the household duties, such as preparing and cooking the food, cleaning the house, and taking care of the children (Bovey). Then, 90% of women that lived in rural areas not only had the basic household duties, but they were responsible
The Role of Women in Medieval Culture Women were very important in medieval culture. They ran households, gave birth to and raised children, took care of business when their husbands were away and much more. Women had high standards that were placed upon them and that they set for themselves, much like the women and girls of today. Women worked for much less than men did, even though they worked as much if not more than men did. Noblewomen were occasionally educated. In all women were amazing and talented and worked very hard.
Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia Women’s rights have been a very controversial topic in the world for a long time and it still is today. We as people living in the United States do not really think about it as much seeing as it is not that big of a problem in the United States anymore. The thing we fail to think about most of the time is what is happening in other countries. All over the world there are still countries today where women have little to no rights and say in their own lives. In Saudi Arabia women have very little say on anything in their lives, this has been an issue for a long time and has been approached many times but has never really gone away.
Referring to 16th and 17th century women didn’t have access to all those kind of luxuries that she being looking for while at the same period of time woman had a specific role
Women have never been treated equally, and during the time of Ancient Greece and Rome was no exception. During “The Fall of Troy” once the Greeks had taken over and burned the city to the ground, many women appeared to be helpless and alone. “All that was left of Troy
In medieval times, not many women worked, although some did have jobs such as writing, nursing, baking, spinning and weaving. Many of them worked with their husbands in the fields. “They were hired to do various types of agricultural labour, including planting peas and beans, weeding, reaping, binding, thatching, haymaking, hay stacking, threshing and winnowing” (Gilbert). Although they did the same work as their husbands in the fields, they were not acknowledged for their work. Women received much less pay than men and often had to have several jobs to earn the same wage. The primary role of women in the middle ages was to care for their children and husband, and to look after the home. Their chores consisted of doing housework, cooking, and looking after their children. The role of a wife was very important, and women were expected to tend to their husband’s needs at all times. The man, on the other hand, usually went out to work in order to earn the money needed to support the family.
The societal role of women has transformed drastically over the centuries. During the Renaissance, the typical woman was denied all political rights and considered legally subject to her husband. Women were considered to be inferior to men, highly uneducated, and were expected to play the role of a nobel housewife. These women were expected to be modest, pious, compliant, and overall, beautiful. This standard of beauty was upheld throughout the social classes. The ideal woman was blonde, pale with rosy cheeks, red lips, with wide shoulders, a narrow waist and full hips. Due to the standard of modesty, women were also expected to be covered from the neck to down. They often wore tight corsets which restricted their movement, knee-high stockings,
Saudi Arabia has recently been making reformist noises lately about women rights. Although women in Saudi Arabia are still unable to vote, drive, or marry non-Saudi men, they are slowly moving towards equality, just like American women had to do. Although almost half of Saudi Arabian people are women, women are not treated like equals. The differences in the two cultures are extreme. If a Saudi Arabian women was to do half the things an American woman is able and willing to do, it would be considered frowned upon and rude.
In the 16th century women were not allowed to work as lawyers, doctors or teachers. They were allowed to be employed as trade or skilled workers even though there was a law called The Statue of Artificers. This law made it illegal to employ anyone in a trade unless they served seven years as an apprentice. This was because male members of the guilds (those who regulated trade) were allowed to employ their wives in their workshops.
Women in the 16th century lived a life greatly different than the women of today. “The normal occupation for women at the time was marriage and motherhood” (McDonald 253). The women lived a very rough life with only two basic tasks, they only cleaned the house and took care of