The Status Of Women During The Middle East Essay

2030 Words Jul 31st, 2014 9 Pages
Throughout history, feminism considered equality to be equal treatment for males and females under existing laws. The focus was not to change this “issue” but rather be included within it. A woman was limited in almost every aspect, from family life to the workplace. Generally a woman had one path to follow, which was to marry young and get started on having a family young, and be a “housewife”. The status of women in the Middle East differs greatly from the status of women in America. Women in America have gained a lot of respect and freedom, this did not come easy. However, there has been change in the way women live in the Middle East, but not nearly as much as women in America.
The Muslim countries of the Middle East state that women must marry and reproduce to earn a status, whereas economic provision is the responsibility of the men (Mohgadam, 2003). Women are viewed as mothers and wives; they practically have no freedom if the man does not state so. A woman has no choice but to marry young since the age of marriage affects fertility. Mohgadam (2003) stated that the average of 34 percent of all brides in Muslim countries were under the age of twenty, and bore an average of six children. This clearly tells me that men are not aware of how difficult it is to raise a child, but yet again a man has no responsibilities when it comes to children but provide semen. Muslim countries strongly believe that women are different beings all together.
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