Evolution Of Gender Roles

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Gender roles developed from predetermined notions on women. To understand gender roles one has to study their roots. Gender roles change from region to region as they do with time period to time period. Many of this has to do with the legal rights a women had in a certain area as well as the religion she and her husband were members of. The area in which they were located at also had much to do with their treatment because of social norms and because of how the terrain was. In places where it was not the norm for women to leave the home without some kind of head coverings, the people in that area adopted head coverings. In area where the terrain was harsh and could not be tended to by one person women were allowed to participate
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Throughout the decades gender roles have changed extensively. In history, gender roles change during a time of crisis. This is seen particularly in times of wars. In the 1700s, during the American Revolution, women with a hand in the war effort were known as camp followers.The evolution of gender roles continues from the aforementioned example as women were allowed to become M.Ds and start new organizations. Gender roles once again change in the 1960s when, alongside the feminist movement, women began to steady join the workforce. With these changes, aspects of life change from being masculine to feminine and feminine to masculine. Before one can study the effects of genders roles on a baby, one must first discover how women were treated around the globe across time. The treatment of women from the time of Mesopotamia to the early nineteen hundreds translates to the gender roles apparent in today’s …show more content…
The Chinese character for ‘man’ combines the symbols for strength and rice field, while the character for woman represents someone who is different and respectful. Subsequently, the character who wife is a symbol for a woman with a broom. Women were denied the right to own property and to a divorce. Women who were of higher class because they were married to politicians often had a limited amount of influential power. Under Confucianism, it was deemed that women needed to be submissive and self-disciplined. In fear that their daughter would not be submissive and self-disciplined parents often bound their daughters feet, causing permanently damaged feet. (Duiker, 2004, p. 274)

In the Greek state, Sparta, boys and girls were raised in two completely different ways. Boys were taken away from home at seven to go through military schooling and training, the girls stayed at home. Spartan women were in almost complete control of the household and were encouraged to exercise and compete in the Olympics. Spartan women expected their husbands to be brave and fight in wars. Unlike Sparta, Athens had strict laws against women having public life. They could not own property and always had to have a male guardian (Duiker, 2004, p.

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