In today’s society, women are viewed as “equal” to men, but are they really? Are women degraded by men and seen as those of “lower” class/education? Are they trusted by society to take on leadership roles or doubted by others?
As portrayed in history, women’s jobs were simple: look after the children, clean the house, and cook. These simple tasks were overlooked by the husbands, who were typically out hunting or working for money. As a result, women were not thought of as important individuals, for it seemed as if they did not have much to contribute to society. At the time, men thought of themselves highly and were given exclusive/privileged rights. Women, on the other hand, were looked down upon and given very few rights. They were controlled by their husbands and had little time to spare.
Over the next few decades, men were sent off to war and in turn, relied on the women to help run family businesses and care for the children. During this time, women were educated and looked up to. They were forced to take upon the burden of running the villages and look after the family while their husbands were gone. As a result, the women learned to be independent and self-sufficient. They eventually gained the courage and will to speak out against women inequality, thus leading to feminist movements and worldly changes/views.
By the early 1900’s, the iconic “We Can Do It!” propaganda poster of war was used to boost worker morale. It featured “Rosie the Riveter” and was an icon of the strong female factory worker. The image was later used to promote feminism and political issues such as women rights.
I believe women have the capability and mentality to accomplish things unimaginable. In today’s society, they are looked up to as leaders and take jobs that have traditionally been given to men. Many organizations, such as women empowered, have raised a community of individuals who work towards bettering the lives of women. They help to educate women around the world, promote health and fitness awareness, as well as embrace diversity and a sense of community.
In Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone and Isme are forced to step up and take over their father’s position. They must deal with many obstacles, such as the death of Oedipus and the betrayal of their brothers. Because they feel obligated to appease to their father’s wishes, Antigone and Isme are willing to sacrifice themselves for the cause and show others that they are capable. They take on leadership roles and are motivated to set things right.
“If this was our father’s cherished wish, we must sacrified. Send us back, then, to ancient Thebes, and we may stop the bloody war from coming between our brothers!”