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Changes in the Treatment of Women Over Time

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Nicole Kummet

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Colonial Era- In the Americas
Learn roles of mothers by 13
Maintain household order
Faith and Moral Development
Subordinate to Men
Spanish, French, and Dutch
English colonists
First Great Awakening
Jane Addams
Present
Acceptable for women to support themselves.
Unacceptable to beat a woman.
Women are no longer solely for housework, many also have jobs.
Discrimination based upon gender.
Treatment of Women in Africa
The Apartheid: Apartheid was a system of racial segregation in South Africa enforced through legislation by the National Party, the governing party from 1948 to 1994.
In Africa Now
Still heavily discriminated upon, in some countries there are laws that treat women like minors.
Lowly educated.
Take care of home and children.
Food and nutrition.
Comparison
Much like the treatment from the past.
Underdeveloped or undeveloped countries.
Lack of education.
High birth rates and high death rates.
1800's and 1900's
Republican Motherhood
Push for Women's Rights
Education for women
Women in the workforce
In
Things Fall Apart
"It's true that a child belongs to its father. But when a father beats his child, it seeks sympathy in its mother's hut" (134).
Changes in the Treatment of Women Over Time
In
Things Fall Apart
Cont.
In The Bible
Middle Ages
Nicole Kummet
Eve-from the Old Testament story of Adam and Eve
Bithiah-the Egyptian princess who took in Moses
Mary-the mother of Jesus
Connection to
Things Fall Apart
Eve:
"Do what you are told, woman," Okonkwo thundered (15).
Bithiah
"She was about sixteen and just ripe for the marriage. Her suitor and his relatives surveyed her young body with expert eyes as if to assure themselves that she was beautiful and ripe" (71).
Mary
"Two years ago," continued Odukwe, "when she was pregnant, he beat her until she miscarried (91).
Run household and raise children
Obedience
Marriage at young age
Peasants vs Nobility
King Henry VIII- An Heir and a Spare
Catherine of Aragon- 3 miscarriages and 3 infant deaths (1 girl, 1 boy)
Anne Boleyn- 2 miscarriages and 1 daughter, executed
Jane Seymour- 1 son and died
Anne of Cleves- immediately annulled marriage
Kathryn Howard- executed
Katherine Pars- King Henry died
Connection to
Things Fall Apart
"In this way Akuke's bride-price was finally settled at twenty bags of cowries" (73).

"Her husband's first wife had already had three sons, all strong and healthy. When she had borne her third son in succession, Okonkwo had slaughtered a goat for her" (79).
Connection to
Things Fall Apart
"No, that is a boy's job" (44).

"Go and bring me some cold water" (64).
Connection to
Things Fall Apart
"Of his three wives Ekwefi was the only one who would have the audacity to bang on his door" (76).

"I have even heard that in some tribes a man's children belong to his wife and her family" (74).
Connection to
Things Fall Apart
"Her husband and his family were already becoming highly critical of such a woman and were not unduly perturbed when they found she had fled to join the Christians" (151).
During the Apartheid, women were restricted and repressed by Apartheid legislature.
Men would go away "on contract" to work for extremely low wages, leaving the women and children to take care of the land and provide for themselves.

Law prohibit women from moving into urban areas of South Africa.
Connection of
Things Fall Apart
"As soon as day broke, breakfast was hastily eaten and women and children began to gather at Obierika's compound to help the bride's mother in her difficult but happy task of cooking for a whole village" (110).
"Many young men and prosperous middle-aged men of Mbanta came to marry her. But she refused them all, because her father had called her one evening and said to her: 'There are many good and prosperous people here, but I shall be happy if you marry in Umuofia when we return home" (173).
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