Gender Bias In The Elizabethan Era In England

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The issue of gender bias has been in play in every society since the creation of man. After mankind had sinned, eating the fruit, God punished man, woman and serpent. To the woman, He said “Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.” (Genesis 3:16b). In each society, however, men and women played different roles. Although I don’t necessarily disagree with the gender bias that exists and has existed, I am still shocked at how differently people of different genders lived differently in the past. My opinion is that people are making gender bias in the world today much worse than it seems. This can be seen history, biblical events and personal experience.
In the Elizabethan Era in England, there was a great difference between the treatment of men and women. Elizabethan women were to be subservient to men and relied on a male relative to support them. After a marriage, the women were expected to run households and take care of children. On the other hand, men dealt their jobs and were allowed to go around and have fun. Women in this era were, although treated with respect, still somewhat looked down on and it was very difficult for a woman without a male relative to live well. This is very different from today’s society, as there are many independent women living around the world. I am quite shocked at the way the Elizabethan women had practically no say in things, as in many cultures, and that they had no choice over their marriage. Everything

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