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Thursday, February 25, 2016
THE HISTORY OF THE WORKING WOMAN
In some parts of Asia the drowning of infant girls were tolerated in poor rural areas as an economic necessity. the birth of women was met with ridicule and bitterness. This was because girls were seen as "just another mouth to feed". In African societies females had to comply with whatever decision the men came out with. A man was mostly measured by the number of women he had. Women were just a mere "collection" in a gallery.In Europe, the position of females depended on how whiter or how beautiful she was.
All of this despite the fact that She is the mother of mankind. Despite holding such an important and unquestionable position,the role of women has been defined by men over millennia.
Taking a moment to look back at the roles of women in the previous generation boys worked next to their fathers and girls learned by being at their mothers side .women where responsible for raising the children and maintaining the home ,land, and the extra food. The women were the head of the household.
During the industrial revolution many of the products women made at home were being made in factories, but it was looked at as a respectable activity instead of a job. With the rise of production came factories which would recruit daughters of farm families to work and live in boarding houses, with a salary. The African employment opportunities were very limited partially due to their lack of education as slaves. In 1890 The African Americans in the factories more than doubled that of the white woman.That later changed
During World War I there was a higher demand for women in the work place. Since most males were fighting in the war the woman took the job as breadwinner and also maintained her household duties.
After the war was over many women were laid off to open jobs for the men returning home. When World War II hit . The factories were in desperate need of workers, and yet again the women fulfilled this role. This time when the men returned from war and the women were pressured to leave the work world and enter back into the lives of a homemaker, they did not subside.
The percentage of women in the work place continued to increase which brings us to date where more than ever Women have proven time and again they are capable of doing anything they set themselves to do.
Rebecca West wrote this nearly 100 years ago. I am called a feminist when I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat."Today women who want to differentiate themselves from doormats face some of the same problems. Yet Women are blamed as individuals for any failings in family or work life.
My heart literally breaks when I see what is becoming of our society. At a time when we have advanced so much in technology showing how far mentally we have progressed. The mentality that women are any less than than men just shows how it's been rooted so far that changing this cycle seems to actually need divine intervention.
Women's oppression is a product of class society. women developed a consciousness of their position and the ability to do something about it.Women suffer exploitation at work often being paid less than their male counterparts yet they are expected to shoulder the double burden of family and childcare.
Yet men are "thanked" for doing what they are meant to do. Are we serious are we that blind what kind of pedestal are we giving men?
The role as wives and mothers has not disappeared but has been reinvented to fit in with the needs of exploitation. They are now expected to juggle all aspects of their lives and Although all women suffer oppression and face discrimination, their life experiences are radically different. Women are not united as a sex but are divided on the basis of class. Middle and upper class women share in the profits from the exploitative system in which we live and use this benefit to alleviate their own oppression. Working class women are usually the people who cook, clean and provide personal services for these women, receiving low wages and often neglecting their own families to do so.my question again what is expected of men.what is their responsibility are Women meant to do all the hard work and men get the glory for it
Women are more than ever regarded as objects defined by their sexuality. The commercialization of sexuality with this culture of pole dancing clubs and its post modern Miss World contests keeps women being judged as sex objects as if nothing has changed since the 1950s. This objectification, alongside women's role as supposedly the property of men, leads to domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse.
We see this everyday and recently when a Kenyan police woman was assaulted by a white pilot and nobody came up to stop the man from doing what he was doing. People where focused on documenting the incident. Talk about pathetic. What is wrong with us where is our humanity honestly. I'm starting to think, we traded our humanity with animals because they behave much better.Animals fight for the attention of their female mates not fight the female.This abuse is under-recognized and under reported. It was only in the 1960s and 70s that these issues began to be viewed as political.
To control their own lives, women must control their own bodies and sexuality. Capitalist ideology priorities the family and the subordinate role of women and children within it, while at the same time forcing individual members of the family to sacrifice "family life" because of the pressures of work and migration.
The priorities of the profit system and the existence of the privatized family mean that women's oppression is purely for the benefit of those in higher positions and this manipulation of women will not end until we all say enough is enough we are not puppets.