Gender Discrimination During The 19th Century Essay

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Throughout multiple centuries in history, women have always been viewed as inferior to men. In Europe during the 15th Century, women were only given jobs such as wife, artisan, nun, or peasant. Women were unable to hold titles, unlike men, who could have numerous job opportunities and positions. In the 19th Century, as the fashion industry began to grow rapidly, women would take roles in that area, while men were required to hold intensive labor jobs and fight or prepare for upcoming wars. Gender discrimination in both post-colonial African and modern day society is the effect of cultural traditions and patriarchal domination.
In Things Fall Apart, women are seen as subordinate and unskilled compared to their male counterparts. In the novel, the women in Umuofia take limited gender roles such as a wife or mother. All of the female roles are either a daughter or wife such as "she was Okonkwo 's second wife, Ekwefi," (46). The fact that women are presented and introduced as a wife or daughter ensures that in Igbo culture and in the novel, women are viewed as background characters and a part of the setting. Women are also portrayed as being weak physically, mentally, and emotionally compared to men. "He [Okonkwo] was a very strong man and rarely felt fatigue. But his wives and young children were not as strong." (23). This quote demonstrates that not only that women are seen as weaker than men, but also that men are expected to do more labor intensive work than women. Because…

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