The New Woman

                                                    THE NEW WOMAN

What is a woman? By definition, a woman is an adult human female. This is a very short description of what a woman really is. In the early times, woman was no more than just a little girl, even if she was married and raising kids. In fact, women were seen more as property than as male companionship.

A woman’s task in those early years were to take care of the home and raise kids. Women did not go to school, hold jobs, own property, go out on their own, and were definitely not allowed to stay unmarried. So, from being their father’s property, they went on to be their husband’s property.

Women in the early centuries were dressed and covered from head to toe. Not the Muslim kind of covering, but almost like it. The did not show much skin.

Take a look of a standard dress code of a woman in the 18th century:

           

Women started growing emotionally and physically powerful in the start of the 19th century. They went out and browsed the cities alone, (without chaperones) went to school, and even worked. The more time passed, the better times came for women. As years went on, women got more power to vote, to work, to get educated and gain more independence.

Today’s Woman:
Today’s woman is independent, can work, can go to school, can live on her own, can be a CEO of a company, can make more than a man, and can be stronger than a man. My question is, is the new woman today’s man? I say this because there are plenty of weak men in our society. They are men who won’t work, cannot provide for their families, cannot be idols for their children and cannot promise a better tomorrow for themselves, let alone their families. Yet, women are sought to be gentle, caring, providing and the head of the household. Women are great when they can do all these things, but as soon as they fail at something, they are looked down at. But, when men fail, it is no big deal. This makes me think of a quote I heard a long ago: “Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes”; They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes”. It’s unfair to judge all women because of a few bad ones.

Here are some examples of today’s successfull women:

1. Carol Bartz, Yahoo! Inc.
2. Ursula M. Burns, Xerox Corporation
3. Andrea Jung, Avon Products, Inc.
4. Indra K. Nooyi, PepsiCo, Inc.
5.Janet L. Robinson, New York Times

Women may have been stepped on, may have been treated badly, but as the sun rises for a better tomorrow, more men will look up to women to guide them, to provide for them.

-Samka Aljukic

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