Women in the world

Essay by madeinrussia20 March 2006

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My Great-Grandmother was not a person. Neither was yours. Up until about 67

years ago no females were. We were supposed to be pregnant and barefoot in the

kitchen. At least that's the perception that the laws enforced. (For ex: The

Election Act of the Dominion of Canada and The Common Law of England) As part of

the British Commonwealth many of our laws were the same as England's and

enforced by British parliament. One such law from the Common Law of England

stated that "A woman is not a person in matters of rights and privileges, but

she is a person in matters of pains and penalties." This gave women second class


Women were not recognized as equals to men, even though the expectations of

women were such that the work load was equal if not greater. As pioneer women we

built homes, raised families, maintained the homestead, hunted food, fought

natives, made clothes, cooked, cleaned, as well as the many manual labour jobs

that men held.

For example, women worked in coal mines, armories, and aided the

war effort via the manufacturing industry, such as factorys. If this is what is

determeined as equality then women were getting the short end of the stick and

men were receiving all of the benifit. This perception still holds strong today,

although not as strongly.

Men said that women were too fragile to vote. Yet no man has ever experienced

labor pains. Furthermore no man has fought any battle that was as hard as the

one the famous five women have fought. The Election Act of the Dominion of

Canada states that "No woman, idiot, lunatic, or criminal shall vote." So women

are equal to criminals? It's not a crime to be a woman. We should not be judged...