Even millenniums ago, women are subjected to social issues regarding their stands in the society, whether they should rule the country or not, or should they take works that are performed usually by men. Women are often considered inferior to men ever since civilization has started. They were only expected to feed the babies, do household chores (when houses were already developed) and serve their husband or fathers at home. They were not even allowed to study before, the stories of Aristotle’s and Plato’s life can prove that. These accounts prove on how women had suffered the patriarchal beliefs and that women take the soft side of the society. But how are these beliefs and customs affect women’s states now? Are they still prevalent?Having read the stories “Desiree’s Baby” and “The Story of An Hour” by Kate Chopin, it showed that the women like Desiree and Mrs. Mallard has a very weak emotional side. The stories told that a woman should be under her husband’s power and be strong to withstand the painful fact that they have no freedom, which again is a fact from our past.
Nowadays, many women are taking part in workplaces and even in politics. Though they are still often underestimated, they now contribute to the success of many industries in the world. As for the Philippines, there have been 2 women presidents, and for churches, as for Katharine Jefferts Schori has won to be come their Church leader in US Episcopal Church. This is just showing that even women can lead institutions now. The belief that women could not lead a ministry should be deleted in the minds of most of the people. Even the Bible accounts that women lead God’s worshippers such as Deborah, the wife of Gideon.
So there’s no point telling that women are inferior to men because they can perform tasks as men do.Woman to Lead US Episcopal Church. 2007.The New York Times Company. September 4, 2007.
< http://womensissues.about.com/?once=true&>Bible Societies. Youth Bible Global Edition. China: UBS, 2006.
Kate Chopin. The Story of An Hour. September 4, 2007 <http://www.vcu.edu/engweb/webtexts/hour/?>Kate Chopin. Desiree’s Baby.
PBS Home. September 4, 2007 ;http://www.pbs.org/katechopin/library/desireesbaby.html;;