Egyptian Women

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“No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you. We are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of the house as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable conditions in which our women have to live,” said Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The role of women evidently has many similarities and differences between civilizations and time eras. When comparing the role of women in the early river civilizations, Egypt and China, there are many pronounced similarities and differences around the topics of the economy, education and a women's role within her family.

Women in Egyptian and Chinese culture have many similarities and differences
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In Egypt, women were an important role within their family and were known as the “Mistress of the house” (Thompson, par.7). Women in ancient Egypt almost had complete control over their household and spent most of their time at home as the husband controlled duties outside of the house. Within the house, women cooked, took care of their kids, made clothing for their family and kept the house in order (Mark J., par. 13). Another important role of women within their families was to provide many children whom would soon grow up and take care of them and their husband as they grew old (Thompson, par. 1). Also, having many kids provided more workers and therefore enhanced the society and the ability for Egypt to increase its wealth (Thompson, par. 1). In addition, within royal families, having many children was important so that there was always a replacement for an heiring son in case of his death (Thompson, par. 2). On the other hand, women in China were responsible for many duties within the family as well. Women were also expected to provide their family with children, but the reason for this was different than in Egypt. In China, women had kids in hopes of giving birth to males (Chinasage, par. 3). Also, in China, women very commonly had their feet bound. This was a tradition to wrap feet tightly in cloth and as the girl grew, her feet were …show more content…
Both of the civilizations have the idea that women should be restricted to their homes for the most part in common. Although women had more equality in Egyptian culture, they weren't completely equal when compared to men, but this resulted in women being able to have a bit of a larger role within the society. On the other hand, women in the Chinese culture were much more restricted in the patriarchal society and therefore their role had less of an impact. “There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women,” said Muhammad Ali

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