Essay about Role of Women in the Paleolithic and Modern Period

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Role of Women in the Paleolithic and Modern Period
Amy L. Maddox
DeVry University
April 21, 2013

Role of Women in the Paleolithic and Modern Period * Women of the Paleolithic and Modern periods both have role models that have different meanings such as their role in society and their body image; however the way the males have treated these women showed little respect. During the Paleolithic period a sculpture was carved from using simple carving tools to create a masterpiece that is known today as the Venus of Willendorf. The Venus of Willendorf has suggested to archeologists that the sculpture was to have been an image of fertility, which is how their existence survived for so many years. Looking at the sculpture also
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The breasts and rounded stomach, suggested the belief of nurture and that the women stayed pregnant. There is a lot of detail of the vulva, proving that this was the main focus of the women. These features can easily be described as women that are childbearing. It has been suggested that women played a very important and dominate role in the Paleolithic era, more so than women of today (Rice, 1981). The number of figurines of women that were found in the archeological digs outnumbered the amount of men figurines, which led to speculations about the part that the women played to society. The Paleolithic women have also been known as Earth Mother or Mother Goddess and the Stone-Age people have believed in her as a universal idol. In modern society there are also idols in the form of figurines, just as there was in the Paleolithic society. Barbie is one of the idols in today’s society that many women have looked up to. The body shape of Barbie has not suggested that she is a childbearing figure, but it has suggested she is not lazy. In the modern society women are not just child bearing, but women had to run households, raise children, and had to go and get jobs of their own. Times have changed since the Paleolithic era and women have had to be empowered. Barbie has served as a role model to a lot of women of the times, as she has played

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