Towards the end of the 19th century, women were seen by society in a certain way. They had jobs that were specifically for them and were expected to act a certain way. Society expected women to have a completely different personality and set of qualities compared to men. For example, women were seen as the ones who were more driven by their emotions. When married, women had little authority over property and had to be willing to give up work. While the husbands go to work, women are expected to clean, cook, and take care of the kids. Later, in the early 20th century, women were still expected of the same things, but it became more distinct of what was for men and what was for women. Men go out and be public, while the women just have to stay home. They were seen less as the “lustful sex”, and mainly known for being mothers. If they didn’t reach that expectation, they were labeled as prostitutes. Now, closer to mid-20th century, women still had a role in the household, but there were a lot more who had roles in the workforce. There jobs were less relevant than men’s, but that is due to how society still viewed women. Finally, towards the end of the 20th century, and early 21st century, women are still expected to act a certain way, but society does not view women as just the mother who stays home. It’s not a huge surprise to society if a women decides to not live the life that would have been expected of her for the past few decades.
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Today, we are at the highest point of gender equality and acceptance as we have ever been in the United States. That isn’t to say that we’re perfect and there is no work to be done, but we’re getting there. According to the United States Department of Labor, in 2010 women accounted for about 47% of our nation’s workforce, and that number is growing. By 2018 women are expected to occupy 51% of the US workforce, meaning working women are close to outnumbering working men in our country. That’s progress.
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Despite this progress, there were still preconceived notions about how one must act. One of these was that men had to be manly. In the late 1900s, instead of fighting in a war like their fathers and grandfathers did before them, men made sure they were strong and never showed weakness through their emotions. This was not only expressed through action, but also through literature. Men would go to extremes, like Chris McCandless, from the book “Into the Wild”, and do life threatening tasks that would prove their masculinity. Unfortunately, like Chris McCandless, some don’t make it back from their trips while others feels like a whole new man.