Women of the Great Plains

Essay by SchilkeHigh School, 10th gradeB, November 2014

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Chase Conn

So really what have women done for America? Well everybody has a different point of view on the subject. Some say that women played a huge part in the development in America, while others say they did absolutely nothing. Women have been a big part of America, but it all started in the development of the Great Plains. Women have played a major roles during the development of the great Plains in many different ways such as house chores, doctoring the family, helping out with the husband, and educating the children to grow up and be successful. They where limited to these jobs because women were stuck in the Cult of Domesticity. Women had been known as the moral keepers for societies as well as the nonworking housewives for families. Also, women were considered unequal to their male companions legally and socially. However, the settlers efforts during the settling of the Great Plains were effective in challenging by their intellectual, social, economical, and political attitudes about a women's place in society.

Okay, so when men left their house to go do their job the women were left with many house chores to do. An average family had about 4-6 children, which the wife had to look after. With watching the kids she also had to cook and clean up after the children. She usually had no time to herself and if she did she had to usually make new clothes for the children or the husband. If you were a women settling the Great Plains your husband was usually a farmer so a women's role was they worked beside men in the fields which included, plowing the field and planting and harvesting. Sheering the sheep to make clothes for the family. Hauling water, which could be...