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Traditional Role of Woman in the 1920s China and 1960s Ameri

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Cassie Persaud

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By: Cassie Persaud, Mykai Sullivan, and Ja'lon Smith
Traditional Role of Woman in the 1920s China and 1960s America
Throughout history, women have been viewed as less than men and weren't treated equal to men. Two prime examples of cultures that viewed women's role as less are China in the 1920s and America in the 1960s.
Women Role
Submissive and silent
Subordinate to the male figure such as fathers, husbands, and sons
No decision on marriage
As infants, they were victims as infanticide as well as being sold
Births weren't celebrated like sons; instead they were considered disposable
Education was viewed as useless for women because they would always be controlled by a higher form of authority
Due to not providing to the family economically, they were considered an outsider
In folktales, women's role were portrayed as useless. Some examples of quotes from folktales include "is more profitable to raise geese than daughters" and "girls are maggots in rice"
The bound feet of women symbolized the struggle it was to be a woman.
Women of China in the 1920s
The Change of Women's Role in the 1970s
The civil rights movement inspired women to start their own movement to gain their rights
Women no longer wanted to be viewed as the stereotypical housewife and to alter their gender’s image
Women were against TV programs that portrayed them as housewives
Their main goal was to have equal rights to men
They wanted to obtain the same job opportunities of men such as in law offices and science labs
Women began the Feminist Movement which embodied the idea of women empowerment
Expressed their ideas through the form of protest and picketing
One famous protest was the Women’s Strike for Equality which was on August 26, 1970. During this strike, for one day, Betty Friedan wanted women to not work but all protest for the same pay as men. 50,000 women protested alone in New York. 100,000 protested in the rest of U.S. This day was to also celebrate Women’s Suffrage
Feminist Art Movement: Women artists, art historians, and curators all used art to portray the women empowerment and ideas such as go against the superiority of the male sex, displaying the women’s lack of opportunities economic wise, and demonstrate female sexuality

Women in the 1960s
· More females than ever were entering the paid workforce

· There was an increase in the dissatisfaction among women regarding huge gender disparities in pay and advancement and sexual harassment at the workplace.

· By the end of the Sixties, more than 80 percent of wives of childbearing age were using contraception after the federal government in 1960 approved a birth control pill. This freed many women from unwanted pregnancy and gave them many more choices, and freedom, in their personal lives.

Americans came to accept some of the basic goals of the Sixties feminists:

· equal pay for equal work,

· an end to domestic violence

· curtailment of severe limits on women in managerial jobs

· an end to sexual harassment

· sharing of responsibility for housework and child rearing.
Chinese Women of the 1920s

In the 1920 chinese women absolutely had to look beautiful and wear different types of fringes.

The different types of fringes created the impression of different levels of emancipation.

Most women had to abandon their study dreams,be confined at home and they were not able to see there husbands often only on rare occasions.

The Four Beauties are four women in ancient Chinese history who were famous for their beauty and their influence over kings and emperors. It was said that the fact that the women were so famed for there immense beauty they could overthrow cities and states.

Beautiful women had there eyebrows plucked even though they did not need to, especially rich women.

Rich women were found to have their eyebrows plucked more often because they did this as a sort of a way to ease the pain of their suppressed passions.

Women Protest for Equality
"How choice won" Pro choice women protest for legal abortion
Women's Strike for Equality
Traditional Chinese Women in the 1920s
Traditional look of a Chinese Women in the 1920s
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