The Changes in the Role of Women throughout Different Eras

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The role of women changes tremendously throughout several eras. Women in the Puritan era are restricted to most rights in which men have, while women in the 1920s are more independent and rebellious against communal standing. In the Puritan era, the rights of women are from dreadfully restrictive to none. Puritan women are personified to be women who continually do what they are told, otherwise known as being “the good wife.” Later in the Victorian era, women began to feel imprisoned because they have such limited rights, more freedom than those of the Puritans, however. Women in the Victorian era start to explore their sexuality and share it; for example, prostitutes become popular in this time period. In the 1920’s, women give a new name…show more content…
In the early Puritan era, women had no social position in a male-dominant world because of the lack of sexual freedom, feminist ideas, and economic equality. Later however, in the Victorian era, an alteration to these ideas occurred.
In the Victorian era, women began to express themselves, but still have no rights or equality with men. Women came out of their comfort zones and commenced to express themselves, both sexually and literarily. In the 1840’s, prostitution is brought into being, becoming an exceptionally popular and common praxis of this time period. In “’Not Worse than Other Girls’: The Convent-Based Rehabilitation of Fallen Women in Victorian Britain” by Susan Mumm, she declares that, “these women…rejected their culture’s assumption that marriage and motherhood were the desired goal and instinctive norm for all women” (Mumm 527). The reason women became more self-advocated is that they want to be different than what society view all women as: a loyal good wife. Women broke out of their enclosed shell and expressed their sexuality, however, women still did not have equality with men, they had no economic or social rights, and they could not develop their own ideas. The narrator in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman did not like her and her husband’s “room a bit. [He] wanted one downstairs that opened on the piazza and has roses all over the window…but John would not hear of it” (Gilman 1671). The narrator and her husband’s relationship is
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