Patriarchal Law

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Patriarchal Law is often mentioned but rarely do we understand what it is. The English term "patriarch" derives from the Greek 'patriarches', which is actually made of two words - 'pater' meaning "father" and 'arches' meaning "head" or "founder". A patriarch is "the head of a house - the founder or ruler of a tribe, family, or clan. Patriarchal Law is simply the name given to the law that governed all men from the time of Adam to the time of Moses and for all until the Christian disbursement began (Lyons; Min, 2002). People began to acknowledge that laws were to be obeyed and that laws were also based on the principle of what is morally right. Each person could obey or disobey, but at least part of this law included their conscience.…show more content…
At the same time middle- and upper-class women were expected to stay at home as idle, decorative symbols of their husbands' economic success. The only other option for respectable women of any class was work as governesses, clerks, shop assistants, and servants. Such conditions encouraged the feminist movement. Although by 1970 most women throughout the world had gained many rights according to law, in fact complete political and economic, but social equality with men remained to be achieved (Lyons; Min, 2002). On the Continent, feminist groups appeared sporadically but lacked strength. The Roman Catholic Church opposed feminism on the grounds that it would destroy the patriarchal family. Agricultural based countries held to traditional ideas, and in industrial countries feminist demands tended to be absorbed by the socialist movement. The right to vote was only granted after World War I, when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was approved by the Congress of the United States in 1919, partly in recognition of women's war contributions as paid and volunteer workers (Lyons; Min, 2002). After wars and revolutions in Russia (1917) and China (1949), new Communist governments discouraged the patriarchal family system and supported sexual equality, including birth control. In Britain and the United States progress was slower. The number of working women increased substantially after the two World Wars, but they generally had
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