Women, Then and Now

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Women were long considered naturally weaker than men, squeamish, and unable to perform work requiring muscular or intellectual development. In most preindustrial societies, for example, domestic chores were relegated to women, leaving "heavier" labor such as hunting and plowing to men. This ignored the fact that caring for children and doing such tasks as milking cows and washing clothes also required heavy, sustained labor. But physiological tests now suggest that women have a greater tolerance for pain, and statistics reveal that women live longer and more resistant to most diseases. legal status of women changed with the beginning of common law in England which permitted an unmarried woman to own a property, make a contract, sue and be sued and married woman giving up her maiden name and all her personal property was being in the absolute control of her husband, Equity law in England also stressed the importance of equal rights per early history. The western culture in the early year’s tradition was that, middle-class girls had to learn house chores like cooking, cleaning and basic things to care for their future homes from their mother’s as this was expected of her when she grew up. Tests made in the 1960s showed that the scholastic achievement of girls was higher in the early grades than in high school. The major reason given was that the girls' own expectations declined because neither their families nor their teachers expected them to prepare for a future other than that of marriage and motherhood. Formal education for girls/women has always been overlooked; however this trend has been changing in recent decades. It’s said in American history that girls in America used to learn to read and write at a dame school and could only attend master’s school for boys/men when there was room, which is usually during the summer as it was during that season that the boys…...

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