History of women

1)Did you know during tribe time women where sub­human beast

A woman in the tribal and barbaric societies was considered a subhuman beast or a chattel used to fulfil sensual needs and required to perform menial and worthless jobs. She was a bonded labourer who lived only to be exploited by man in whatever manner he deemed fit (well we all know what that is). She did not live to enjoy life or exercise human rights and privileges.

2) Half‑civilized human societies

Different opinions were expressed about the women such as:

  • she does not have a human soul, hence no life in the Hereafter;
  • women’s deeds are not acceptable to God;
  • being a means of satanic seduction (human made religion) , she should be physically tortured
  • girls should be buried alive to wash away the scars of disgrace;
  • woman is a human being, but was created to serve man.

These and other such views in regard to woman have been expressed by the ancient Romans, Arabs, Frenchmen ,Athenians ( ancient Greek), most of Asia and the western world .  Basically the whole world at that time and I can’t imagine native Americans being any different!

3)Getting more civilized but not there yet

Europe’s civilized societies recognize woman as a human being but deprive her of many a human right. They even did not consider her to be a citizen of the state, nor granted her any personal rights. A girl was required to accept anyone selected by her guardians as her husband.

She was only the means of fulfilling the carnal desires of man and maintained for this purpose. She was used to work on farms and at home on the one hand, and, on the other, to satisfy man’s “toy“passions; beyond this she had no significant legal protection.

4) Here comes the industrial revolution and the world war 2

The women felt that the burden of life had fallen on their shoulders and they had been deprived of all sentiments and privileges of a pleasant family life. They had lost their husbands, their children, their honour, their chastity and everything else.

They realized that although the war had devoured millions of men and youth, and the factory owners were in urgent need of women to keep the wheels of industries moving, yet they never attached any value to them and continued to oppress them.

Moreover, they were not even paid proper wages. Discrimination between men and women continued. The women were dragged into all types of corruption and moral pollution. The unsheltered and unprotected women, crushed under the pressure of such a life, were compelled to surrender to this forced life of indignity and sub‑human existence.

What happens next?

5) Back to being beasts

They felt that they had lost everything: they had to turn the wheel, to carry the burden and yet keep their mouths shut. They had to tolerate oppression yet abstain from protests under its crushing weight, Apparently, they were working shoulder to shoulder with men, but, in fact, they were no more than the oppressed beasts of burden fallen captive in the hands of a handful of profiteers. Every hour they had to surrender to all and sundry, suffering severe indignities for meagre wages.

Wait a minute have we gone backwards? -Well this is how it happened

6) At long last!

Finally as a result of efforts, through speeches and writings, they found their way to the centres of authority and penetrated into the legislative(powerful)  assemblies. Slowly and gradually, they not only achieved the goal of equal pay for equal work, but also achieved equal rights with men with the right to participate in all spheres of activity.

The question is:

How far has this freedom and equality of rights in all spheres been to the benefit of men and women or how far has it been harmful to them?

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