My of a woman: a housewife. Marriage and procreation

My research on this thesis brings me all the way back to the
Renaissance in Italy, when reading was a privilege given only to men and
courtesans, known also as cortigiana
onesta;  which in present time has
become an euphemism to designate a well-educated and worldly escort or a
prostitute of dignified etiquette who attracts wealthy, powerful or influential
clients. Even though opportunities for education arose for the daughters of the
rich and wealthy, what they were able to do after that, lead right back to the
typical spot of a woman: a housewife. Marriage and procreation being the
primary duties of women, their main role in society was to carry a child,
preferably a male, and raise that child into a strong, educated individual that
will contribute positively to society. In case of need to read God’s work, it
was mandatory for women to learn to read and to write, and sometimes the only path
for them towards education was to become a nun. However, women have suffered
greatly from stereotypes set by society and have missed out on great opportunities
in science, poetry, art and many other fields. Education, changing drastically
between the 15th and 17 centuries, was certainly kept from women and
the “education” that women did receive generally showed the views of the
importance of childbearing and their future roles as wife and mother.

Later on, in the Victoria Era, even though times may have
started to improve for women, there were still a great deal of female writers
who published and presented their works under male pseudonyms. This brings us
to the conclusion that women had no right to vote, no rights for their children,
neither  to have their own property. As
long as the ages passed, women organized themselves and form a movement known
as  suffragette movement led by an
incredible woman known as Emmeline Pankurst, and activist and a political
leader in ” The Women’s Social and Political Union. The main duty for this
movement was to give women the right to vote. However, with their great desire
and bravery women in Britain gained some rights and as said and unfair this
sounds, thanks to Emily Wilding Davison’s women gain some rights to vote. She
was a suffragist who suicide herself stepping in front of the King’s horse just
to draw attention on media. This act cause windstorm of comments but it ended well
when in 1918 the vote was given to certain women aged over 30 and afterwards,
in 1925 the law recognized a mother’s rights over their children. Emily’s death
drew global attention and it was reported across the whole world. She stoutly
said: ” The idea in my mind was “one big tragedy may save many others” and she
was right, because in 1928 some women achieved the same voting rights as men.
Owning to Emily Wilding Davison and many other suffragists nowadays millions
and millions of women have the right to vote and freedom to publish and to
present their works with the rest of the world.

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