Mrs. John Sandford’s work Woman in her Social and Domestic Character was published in 1833 from Industrial England. The work is difficult to comprehend as its intent reach out to every wife in the country. The intent of this work was to inform women of the ways in which they are influenced and who they influence as well as their responsibilities as the familial matriarch. Sandford’s message comes directly from the text when she wrote “Domestic life is a woman’s sphere, and it is there that she is most usefully as well as most appropriately employed”1. … Read the rest here
The role of women in the United States has always been an issue, even today. Today there are still great feminist issues and women still have lower average wages for the same jobs as men. Women thought they had their problems solved when the government created the Civil Rights Act of 1964, they were unfortunately mistaken. Many cases, after the act was put in place, involving the mistreatment of women were not taken seriously and still found in favor of men.… Read the rest here
– Says that the social restraint of keeping women in the home has been surpassed by the increased life span. Since women can live longer, the majority of their life is not spent raising children and thus they have the capacity to strive for more personal accomplishments other than domestically. In addition, technology has reduced the work in the home as there are less” chores” for women to do. This allows for women to expand from previous societal restraints because there is more time and opportunity for them to excel outside of domesticity.… Read the rest here
Author: John Stuart Mill was an Englishman, living from 1806 to 1873. He worked as a philosopher, political economist, civil servant, and member of Parliament. Taught by his father, he experienced a rigorous, home-schooled education. His close relationship with his wife influenced his writings on women’s rights. Mill was an atheist.
Context: 1869. Britain was prosperous and was continuing to experience effects of industrial revolution. During period of British imperialism.
Language: Mill writes in a tone that is intelligent, thought-provoking, and subjective.… Read the rest here
Highly appropriately timed, since I am writing my essay on the double burden and it is our next discussion in class, is a NY Times article from the week about the Russian Orthodox patriarch condemning feminism. He is quoted as saying it is dangerous for giving women an “illusion of freedom” when they should be focusing on their families and children. As a 21st century woman, I find this notion extremely disturbing, but as a history scholar, I see this echoed throughout my research on the double burden. … Read the rest here