Women During The Great Depression Essay

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Men do not control everything. (Basic) Men are not the center of the universe. Men are not the ones who can be leaders. (Parallel) Since the beginning of time men have been the breadwinner of families and women in many counties have only been seen as sexual objects and the mother of children. Slowly, throughout the ages women made a larger impact than that of just an object men owned. Some cultures developed where women gained rights to be treated as humans instead of cattle. However,during The great Depression women took on a role other than just “housewife”. During the great depression and dust bowl, men were seen as the patriarch of the family, when in reality the women were the reason families did not crumble along with the rest of the …show more content…
Actually, many women in the depression did not lose their jobs, because they worked from home. Whereas the men would be laid off and they would often lose their minds. “‘The men, cut adrift from their usual routine, lost much of their sense of time and dawdled helplessly and dully about the streets; while in the homes the women’s world remained largely intact and the round of cooking, housecleaning, and mending became if anything more absorbing.” To put it another way, no housewife lost her job in the Depression” (Ware 1). The women kept a grip on reality. They kept the welfare of their families in first priority. Since the women were so dedicated to their families they survived, “Also, for most families women’s unpaid labor within their homes, especially during the Great Depression, was critical to their family’s survival” (Grill 19). If the women had given up hope at any point in time the family would have crumbled. The Joads were the same way. If Ma had given up hope, or even faltered at any point in time, she knew the family would have fallen into shambles. On page 96 Steinbeck shows this, “She seemed to know that if she wavered or despaired the family would fall, the family will to function would be gone”. Steinbeck created Ma to be the pillar of the family. Throughout the book Ma suffers along with the rest of the family, however, Ma never sways. She remains …show more content…
(Basic) When the Great Depression hit the Joad family and thousands of others the lives they knew blew into the surrounding dust. Thousands of people fled to the west, the promised land of California. The competition between families for food and work made it so that the very few resources were spread paper thin. Many men gave up and became lifeless husks because they lost all of their hope. As a result the women of the families took the reins of the family. Their survival was first priority. Women were no longer housewives, they became workers. Their drive to nurture and protect their families caused them to push men from their pedestal of control. Women did not take control because they wanted to. Women took control because they were forced

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