Traditional role of women in modern society

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Traditional Roles of Women in Religion and the Challenges Imposed by Modern Society A man is incomplete without a woman, and a woman is incomplete without a man. These two species work together to keep the cycle of life going. One cannot function without the other but one is also different from the other. Religion has divided and has helped men and women understand their duties and responsibilities. There is a great deal of balance between these roles. According to all three religious traditions, women are responsible for maintaining the home while the men work to provide financial stability to the family. This ideology has been regarded as “sexist” in modern society. In today’s age, society demands equality for both men and…show more content…
Islam recognizes this significance and raises the status of a woman as Prophet Mohammed states “Paradise lies under the feet of your mother.”7 Islam respects a woman’s role so much that it has established a means of achieving paradise by being dutiful to ones mother. Another role of a Muslim woman is to obtain an education. This role is not found in either Christianity or Judaism because, according to religious leaders, education would lead to a woman neglecting her duties as a wife and mother. The leader of Islam thought otherwise; prophet Mohammed states, “Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim man and woman.”8 Islam says a woman does not have to obtain an education just to go out and work; rather a woman should be obtaining an education to improve her overall character and benefit her family. In order to raise educated and mannered children, the mother needs to be educated herself. If the next generation is raised in the right manner, it will grow to become a better society. Therefore, educated women play a significant role in the positive progression of society as a whole. At this point, it is evident that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam share a commonality in addressing the roles of women. The primary role of a woman in all three religions is that of preserving the unity of her home. She is to look after her children, making sure they grow up under good circumstances. She is also to devote her self to her husband and provide for his needs.
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