Women and Passivity

Women. Although the female gender has always taken up half the world’s population, it had failed to play such a significant role in society as men had until the feminist movement came about. Traditionally, women are seen as subordinates to men for reasons such as less physical strength and smaller builds. For centuries the role of the woman in society was nothing more than stay-at-home mom and life adviser (to their children).

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From such an attitude about women sprouted images of passivity: men make all the money; women do all the housework, take care of the children, and take orders from their husbands. It appears to me that a majority of women of this time (there are always, of course, exceptions) had little to say for themselves. It reminds me of Justine from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, who confessed to the murder of Frankenstein’s younger brother despite her innocence. She was no housewife, but she didn’t fight for her safety, causing her to lose her life in the process.

Yet as the years passed, newer generations produced more strong-minded and independent women; and, as the economy grew more and more women found it rewarding to join the labor force. The consequences were not surprising: families got smaller and more women worked outside the home. Today, women who both work and care for their families are common occurrences. It is obvious that as women proved they were no less than men, they’ve also shed the old images of passivity and replaced them with those of self-worth and confidence.

Women empowerment is a huge thing in today’s society, so here’s to all you gals on fire.

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