I have to let the readers know how I stumbled upon this topic to introduce where I get my ideas from. It all started in the archive located on the second floor of the library in a dark corner behind a clear glass doors at the Hunter College. I have been attending Hunter College for four years and never have I stumbled on such an amazing place full of live history. I say live history because all the documents and books that are held in the archive are all preserved originals, which fascinated me. Thinking how people who lived more than century ago wrote and read the same things I’m writing and reading about excited me to my very soul. Archive research though fascinating is not an easy task that can be done in within fifteen minutes like how researches are done these days using convenient technologies at hand.
Women began standing up for themselves using literature in the nineteenth century. The time periods of the feminism booms were called waves. There are three waves of feminism starting from the nineteenth century to now. They all occurred in the United Kingdom, Britain, France, and the United States. These waves lead to women getting closer to being treated equal to men.
In the late nineteenth century, women were beginning to take a stand for their equal rights in society. The term “new woman” was used to describe these women, openly proclaiming their independence from men. It was a woman’s way to threaten the conventional ideas of society, and to bring about their own changes (Buzwell). Following their well-known suffrage movement, women claimed their freedom sexually, physically, and in the workplace. For many years’ prior, women were expected to be the typical housewife, watching over the house, cooking, and cleaning. They were property of their husbands. During their equal rights revolution, women pursued careers like doctors or lawyers and fulfilling their sexual desires for purposes other than bearing children. As today’s society may never know the struggles and misfortunes during the Victorian era, Dracula leaves a time capsule behind to elaborate on the realities during such a prominent generation (Podonsky). Considering this given criteria, a new woman comes in a variety of forms; some women represent a stronger sexual desire while others demonstrate character traits on equality in work and education. In the case of Dracula, the two main female characters take two different forms; one blatantly sexual and one chaste (Humphrey). Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula portrays the ideas of a “new woman” in a modern society, utilizing Mina’s and Lucy’s characters to display opposite characteristics of the feminist movement which draw attention to
A house is not a home if no one lives there. During the nineteenth century, the same could be said about a woman concerning her role within both society and marriage. The ideology of the Cult of Domesticity, especially prevalent during the late 1800’s, emphasized the notion that a woman’s role falls within the domestic sphere and that females must act in submission to males. One of the expected jobs of a woman included bearing children, despite the fact that new mothers frequently experienced post-partum depression. If a woman were sterile, her purposefulness diminished. While the Cult of Domesticity intended to create obliging and competent wives, women frequently reported feeling trapped or imprisoned within the home and within societal
The way European women were treated in the nineteenth century is very different than the way women are treated in the twentieth century today. Women in the nineteenth century were thought more of as objects or something to look at instead of people. Men were always superior to women.
In the last decades of the nineteenth century, United Stated encountered an urban migration; it was something different and never experienced before. As factories began to open up across the Midwestern and Northern countryside, cities grew up around them. A whole new world was introduced, bringing a mixture of both positive and negative effects into the American society. While the new elite, big businesses, and the American economy in general, enjoyed the benefits of industrialization, many Americans were not so fortunate. Immigrants and former soldiers moved to the cities in search of jobs, money, and new opportunities. This created scarcity in employment and other resources. Cities grew and developed quickly, which caused women to work outside of their homes and farmers felt the difference in urban living. United State was changing because of industrialization. For example, the roles for women had changed greatly in the society because of industrialization. Women who once were caring mothers and housewives became a part of the working class. They didn’t have the time to stay home during the day and take care of their husband and making sure that their children acted properly and were respectful with high moral values. On the other hand, wealthy women considered to be lucky if they were able to stay at home and devote themselves totally to their families. Another example, farmers who were dependent on their skill in farming and the land grew their crops. However, throughout
From the early beginnings of civilization to the 19th century, women were viewed as breeding objects to their husbands, and they were caretakers of the house who were responsible for the cooking and cleaning in the residence. They were also accountable for taking care of children, making dinner for her husband, and throwing lavish parties that others envied. When the American Revolution began in 1765, women 's roles began to change drastically. Men had to fight against the British, so women left the safety and security of their traditional roles to serve their country, and perform their usual duties. During the Revolution, women were given roles in the military as “camp followers”, snuck into the army disguised as a man, and some women
The late 19th century has been a tumultuous time for USA. The country’s scientific, cultural, and social landscape undergone radical changes. The theories of evolution by Darwin and the natural selection had called into question and had established views with regards to the origins of humans; along with the restoration and urbanization of the country after the Civil War, which ushered women and men towards a new social identity. More significant than anything is that organizations fighting for women’s rights had been gathering momentum since the year 1848, wherein the first conference concerning women’s rights has been held in Seneca Fall, NY.
Women’s Rights Since mankind, women have been told that they play a lesser role in society, Women have been given the roles of being a mother or the wife but, why not a doctor or a lawyer, this doesn’t very fair right, well the women of the 19th century didn’t think this was very fair either.
Although corsets at this time led to broken bones and a death in 1665 (Olsen 74), this garment was worn throughout the 18th century. During this period, Turkish harem women wore clothes most similar to ours. They wore cloaks over their chemise and loose trousers while also being veiled (Olsen 59). This era marked conservatism in women’s clothes.
This paper will be about the different roles women are part of in the 19th century. For the sake of the paper, it will be specifically from the 1830s to 1877. This topic is important because it shapes and differentiates from women’s role in society today. The sources included in this paper are scholarly sources, such as a course website from a college or university. Therefore, this paper will demonstrate the evolution of women in society throughout the 19th century.
After the 19th Amendment, women finally had more rights and freedom than ever. Women waited so long to have political power, and after years of waiting, their wishes were finally granted. Now today women are looked up to instead of being limited and left out of a lot of things they should be able to do. There’s still a lot of gender inequality but over the years it has changed drastically. A lot of big decisions in the past were affected by women, like the election of John. F
In the 19th century people believed in an ideal american family. Women were expected to stay at home, take care of the kids, do household chores and on their free time do anything related to family. The small portion of women that had to work were paid minimum wage or less. Most of the time they were given jobs as nannies, office assistants or were left to work in fields. Many women that worked in fields would stay and live there; until they gathered enough money to take to their families. Many land owners would hire female workers because they could underpay them. Women were viewed as the bottom of the pyramid. They were not respected as a minority. Their wardrobe would consist of wearing skirts, dresses and sometimes slacks. People believed
History has shown that when social movements seek influence in society, they divide the people under the guise of “revolution”. They find a scapegoat for social shortcomings, marginalize them, and use aggressive, fiery rhetoric to instigate hate. By utilizing deceptive statistics and provoking emotional responses, movements can drive the population en masse to actions that were once thought ridiculous and inconceivable. Hitler’s Nazis blamed the Jews. Lenin’s Bolsheviks blamed the upper class. Feminism blames men.
In today’s western society women have more opportunities and rights than they had a few years ago. The number of women who have made their way to a successfull and fullfilled life without men by their sides has increased, but are they really treated exactly the same way as men are?