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Equal Partner?!

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Mary Chen Eng 10-5 April 17, 2003 Ms Sarah Daly Equal Partner?! Imagine waking up in a cold dark morning just to get ready to set up all things in good order within their house. Imagine a lady's small soft palms starting to get thicker each day in uncontrollable speed. "I know I have the body of a weak and feeble women." (Ashby 58) these are supposed to be the words of Elizabeth I. She was Queen of England and more powerful than any man. But her views on women were clear. Many people in England agreed with her: women were not equal to any men. Well, although Elizabeth England is from 16th century to 17th century (1558~1603), which is about 400 years ago, women are treated very differently. Women during Elizabethan England time were treated unequally due to three major statements. They were not getting enough education to be professionals, women in marriage have heavier workloads than men, and they have many unreasonable limits in their lives. In our society, everyone knew education is one of the major elements to build up our knowledge, so people offer their professional skills in order for them to earn money. Women can only receive education until the level below university. Firstly, Queen Elizabeth I made law that women were not allow to go to university, but can be tutored. The reason that Queen banned women from university premises was because she felt that they were distracting men from their studies. ...read more.

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women knit clothes to earn extra money. Women take task of garden like winnowing the grain after it was harvested. "in fact, both husband and wife were expected to work, although she was normally engaged in labor that could be done at home." (Singman 30). From above information, it knocks off our old fashion mind about women working in household and rest all day long without doing much work. It also proves that those men do less work than women and treated unequally to them by giving them more work to do. We can see that women not only do those housework, which is what a housewife will usually do, but they also do most work that men do. Whereas men in Elizabethan England, they only have to do their work outdoor. Those men won't do housework like women, so this proves women are treated unequally compare to men on the amount of workload. The third unfairness was that there are many limits in many cases of their lives. First, women, due to society position, were not allowed to vote. Second, women cannot join army or navy. Third, women could not be heirs to their father's titles. All titles would pass from father to son or brother to brother, depending on the circumstances. The only exception was, of course, the crown. The crown could pass to a daughter and that daughter would be invested with all the power and Majesty of any king. This allowed Mary, and then Elizabeth, to reign. ...read more.

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The idea of a tyrannical husband was completely against the Christian ethos from which the principal derived. While Puritans may have publicly advocated the submission of women, there is no evidence that their views were the views of the nation. Quite the contrary, the Puritan pamphleteers bewailed the relationships between husbands and wives because they were too informal and affectionate. One early Stuart writer, William Gouge, found himself publicly called "a hater of women" because he had published a tract on the need for female submission. While a man did have the right to chastise his wife, he did not have the right to be cruel or inflict bodily harm. A man could be punished in law or by the community for being cruel to his wife, and in some cases, could be legally prevented from living with his wife. While marital rape may not have been a public issue, rape outside of wedlock was certainly regarded as an abominable crime, and if found guilty of it, a man was sentenced to death by hanging. The women that perhaps suffered the most in this period were ironically those like the Queen who did not wish to marry. 400 years ago, women in the Elizabethan England period were not treated equally compare to men, However, in our modern developed world, more and more women stand up for themselves. Instead, men are the ones that should plead women for their survival. Therefore, maybe 10 years later, women will one-day stand in a higher position than men. Mary 1 ...read more.

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