Over the past three hundred to four hundred years, women have been projected as many things. Sexism has played a major role in forming society into what we know it as today. In the 1600s, women were often accused of being witches and given unfair trials under the basis of “guilty until proven innocent”. In the 1700s, they were expected to marry young, give their husbands children, and cook and clean all day. In the 1800s, the same expectations as the 1700s were the norm.
Everything started to change in the 1900s. During the early 1900s and up to the mid 1940s, women were hard at work in shops and factories. Filling in for the men whilst war raged across Europe. The women’s rights movement became a major concept in the 1960s and 1970s. The idea was to include women more in the workforce, military, give them the same rights as men, etc.
Millions of people were against the women’s rights movement. Those who believed/believe that women should still marry young, provide children/heirs, and stay at home are the key protestors for the movement. But despite the efforts of those who disapproved, women were granted the right to vote, the opportunity to do anything/everything that a man can do, etc.
Do you think sexism is a major/key contributor in life today? Why and where?
Should men and women be allowed to have the same opportunities?