Women And The First Wave Feminism Essay

1177 Words Nov 2nd, 2015 5 Pages
Male versus female During the nineteenth and early twentieth century, the first-wave feminism was transpiring. The preeminent ambition was achieving women’s suffrage, and was mainly fixated on legal and political affairs. In particular, the resistance to chattel marriage, advocacy of equal contract, and property claims for women. The influential works of Simone de Beauvoir and Betty Friedan with The Second Sex and The Feminine Mystique, sought to explain issues in relation to women and gender disparity. Total authority belonged to men; women couldn 't do anything independently for themselves. Men were categorized as more dominant, while women were considered submissive. Women also didn 't have the right to an education, the right to better working conditions, or the right to divorce. The first wave feminism was quite successful in changing the role, status, and significance of women of the time. In the eighteenth century, women had nearly no jurisdiction over their own lives. Women were only able to complete defined roles that the profoundly patriarchal society had designated to them: childbearing, house keeping and care to their families. During this time, women were not allowed to vote, sign legal documents, own property, divorce their husband, have legal custody of their children, attend university, and serve on a jury. Women only had domestic responsibilities, and absolutely no property rights or economic immunity in society. However, women were determined to…

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