The lives and roles of women have changed monumentally since the 1300s. Today, women in the West and Southeast Asia enjoy benefits, like legal rights and educational opportunities which were not available to the women before them. This paper will analyze the many changes in the lives and roles of women in the West and Southeast Asia dating from 1300 to the present. Prior to Industrialization in the 1300s to 1600s, few Western women worked outside the home. Family farms and cottages kept women busy without entering public life. Many women married as teenagers and did not travel far from their country homes. Society determined that a woman's place was in the home as a wife and mother taking care of the home and children. The onslaught of Industrialization's machinery, factories, and urbanization in the 1700s contributed to the questioning of a woman's place in Western society.
[...] Towards the mid 1800s women became active political participants in the Temperance and Abolitionist Movements and began to speak out more freely about the political and legal rights of women. The term “feminism”2 was coined in France in the 1830s, and in 1848 the Seneca Falls, New York Women's Rights Convention gained political acclaim for its resolutions made to gain women's suffrage, divorce and property rights, equal employment, and educational opportunities Adelman, Jeremy, Stephen, Aron, Kotkin, Stephen, Suzanne Marchand, Prakash, Gyan, Tignor, Robert, and Tsin, Michael Ed. [...]
[...] Southeast Asian woman are still advocating for basic rights in many countries who value conservative roles of women. And women in more Western societies such as Tokyo, and Hong Kong must find a way to bridge the traditions of the past worth keeping while embracing the opportunities of modern feminism. Women in the West are considered privileged with the most legal rights and opportunities than any other women in the world. But there are still areas in the Western world that need equalizing, and Western women find themselves struggling with [...]
[...] She also encouraged bringing and end to foot binding and valuing the work of women in China. Qui Jin's radicalism reached its peak in 1907 when she was executed for participating in a failed attempt to overtake the Qing dynasty While the presence of Europeans in Southeast Asia created protection from traditional acts of cruelty toward women, colonialism also brought an onslaught of new problems for Southeast Asian women. The increased export economy and creation of large estates needed male workers. [...]
[...] For most women in Southeast Asia political and cultural changes did not occur with the presence of European colonizers. Colonizers' talk of “civilizing” the peoples of Southeast Asia was little more than just talk since missionaries preached that domesticity was the ideal place for women and that women's education should be different from the education taught to men.1 Islamic societies in Southeast Asia experienced the wave of the feminist movement as well. Women demanded that their seclusion was unnecessary and that they had the right to appear in public without being fully veiled.2 Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, a Muslim Bengali woman wrote a piece of satire for The Indian Ladies Magazine in 1905 titled Muslim Woman Dreams of Secluding Men from the World.” Hossain's article was a piece of literary protest that described the unfairness of Muslim customs through the imaginary world of Ladyland. [...]
[...] The most fanatical members of the women's movement have put forward the claim: women can do everything men can do One has only to look at these hard-working women of the lower classes, who, in addition to their jobs: bring a child into the world every year, to see that the female body is not made for this, and that it in this way loses its form and gradually is ruined To return to the women's movement: it is declared enemy of all erotic culture, because it wants to make women into men 1 Allowing women in public life, which was considered the male sphere created anxiety with wonder if women would become masculine in nature and cease filling the roles of motherhood that women had held previously. [...]
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