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Gender Inequality in the 1900s and How it is Represented in

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Raneem Reda

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Gender Inequality in the 1900s and How it is Represented in Literature
Raneem Reda 8A

Jane Eyre
Pride and Prejudice
The cover of "Jane Eyre"
The cover of "Nervous Conditions"
Pride and Prejudice's cover
Gender Inequality in the 1900s
Gender inequality is unequal treatment and perceptions of individuals based on their gender.Gender inequality was faced throughout history, and several women attempted to abolish it. Women were treated unequally in comparison to how men were treated. At some countries, they didn’t have the right to be educated or to work. Gender in equality was unfair to the point that it was discussed in literature, and many influential women tried to abolish it.
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Gender Inequality in the 1900s
Women were treated unfairly and biasedly. Firstly, They weren’t allowed to receive any type of education. For example, Marie Curie wasn’t accepted in college because she was a female. Another example of not educating girls is shown in India. Although India wasn’t a poor country in the1900s , they still didn’t allow girls to receive education there. They didn’t allow them to go to school, and they forced them to get married at an early age. If girls would go to to school they would face violence, and they would risk their lives sometimes. Secondly, women believed that they faced inequality at the workplace too. They earned less salaries than men ,and they would less likely reach as far as men with their careers. They strove equality, and to give outcomes same as men. Achieving gender equality at the the workplace is important, because its fair, and its the right thing to do. In addition, it is highly important to the bottom line of a business and to the the production of a whole nation.
Women attempts to end Gender Inequality
Several important women tried to abolish gender inequality. One of these women is Eleanor Roosevelt. She was aware of the inequality that women were facing. When she became a first lady, she assembled a list of qualified women, and she convinced the Roosevelt administration to hire them. She urged the women to speak in politics. In addition, she took their suggestions and gave it to Franklin Roosevelt. Her support to women lead them to participate in social life as voters, party leaders, and department heads. She limited the number of hours an employer could force a woman to work, and ended the unsafe conditions of many women-dominated workplaces. She really affected the inequality that women faced in America.
One of the several themes that were discussed in the novel “Jane Eyre” was Gender Inequality. Jane was imprisoned in the “red room” at Gateshead and Beth was imprisoned. The connection shows that Jane was imprisoned because of her low social class. Beth was imprisoned because of her marriage. It led to being confined and oppressed, Jane knew thatt. That’s why she refused to marry Mr. Rochester until she had money and could enter into a marriage contract as equal as him. In addition, If Jane was a man, she wouldn’t face so many obstacles, and she would work as any job. Instead, she worked as a governess, because this was the only available and legitimate job for a woman. She had to wait for her uncle to leave her his fortune.
Another novel that discussed the theme of gender injustices is the novel “Pride and Prejudice”. Jane Austen, the novel’s author, discussed how many women married just for the sake of financial security. Charlotte, a character in the novel, was one of these women. Austen showed how women can be intelligent and capable of earning a living as equal as men. Austen herself didn’t get married, stayed single, and lived with the novel\s money. She showed that women can be independent.Elizabeth’s happy ending in the novel shows Austin beliefs that women have the right to remain independent and unmarried until they meet the right man that they would love, and if they don’t find him then they can happily be unmarried.
How the Gender Inequality was Discussed in Literature
Nervous Conditions
The novel” Nervous Conditions” also discusses Gender Injustices, and how women aren’t treated fairly. When Babamukru, Tambu’s wealthy educated uncle, offered to pay for her brother’s Nhamo his school fees, Tambu felt jealous. She soon realized that "the needs and sensibilities of the women in my family were not considered a priority, or even legitimate." She wasn’t sorry or sad when her own brother died because it meant that she would take place in his school. Nyasha, another woman in the novel, doesn’t hold back while trying to gain her independency. All of the women in “Nervous Condition” try to stand up for themselves against the unfair treatment.
Women suffered from Gender Inequality for so many years. It disappeared in some countries, but its still shown daily in other countries.Some countries don't accept women for certain jobs, and some don't allow them to drive. That’s why people should try harder to abolish this inequality around the world.
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