Women in Ancient China Essay

2092 Words Jun 17th, 2013 9 Pages
During the Song Dynasty (960–1279) in Ancient China, the gender in which a person was born as, changed their whole path of life. Their role in society, their education, their power in the household were very different depending on if they were male or female. A typical female had much less power compared to a man; they were considered the inferior gender. It was unfair, and to an extend, cruel, the way that women were treated compared to a man, but during that time in China, it was so normal that no one questioned it. The roles that each gender held were rigid, quite different, and clearly not equal. As China gained power during this time and became more powerful, women were greatly downgraded by men because men were thought to be the ones …show more content…
While most children had emotional connections with their mother, they had no bonds with their father, only viewing him as an “authoritative, strict disciplinarian.” This was the way the family operated and changing it up was considered very odd and unnatural.
The roles that men and women had in the family household were very different. Men were respected in the family, as they were the source of income for them. They did not like women to have her own ambitions and believed that they were the only one to have a role outside of the house. "They were responsible for providing for the household and directly contributing to society through their careers." (Tsai) As mentioned previously, a woman’s role was quite different. "Females were simply expected to take care of the household, raise the children, and follow males all their lives: as daughters, females were expected to follow their fathers and brothers, as wives, their husbands, and as mothers, their sons." (Tsai) They cooked and prepared food, cleaned, and looked after their children from the moment that they

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