Historically, to what extent were women treated as second-class citizens?
A woman role in society was one no higher then a mistreated creature. Women were treated as inferior to any male, no matter what the situation. Women were not allowed to vote, couldnâ€™t own property, they couldnâ€™t enter skilled professions, no choice of gaining a high education, and were the property of their â€œaffectionateâ€ husband. They were at the COMPLETE mercy of their husbands or fathers decisions, they were robbed of their self-confidence and self-respect.
So how exactly were women treated as second class citizens?
In the past, Women had very few legal rights and most societies perceived women as the lesser gender compared to males. This was because women were seen to be more emotional, and therefore less decisive then males.
Because of the social and political views on women, they generally lived a private life, no active public responsibility, no social status. Upon marriage, the women would be considered to be the property of the husband. The came from the idea of â€œunito caroâ€ or one flesh, meaning the woman didnâ€™t have an identity outside her husband. Since the women were not seen as individuals in society, they also werenâ€™t given permission to vote. Women were seen as timid and unintelligent beings, who wouldnâ€™t be able to comprehend the complicated arrangement of the political system. It wasnâ€™t until 1902 that the women in New South Wales were given the right to vote. And it wasnâ€™t until a further 1947, also in New South Wales, that women were able to sit on the jury.
When a women was wed, she was forced to give up most of her rights and possessions to her husband. This gave her new husband an even more controlling power over his wifeâ€™s affairs and property (See appendix 1) . This is much like the male turning to his wife and announcing â€œWhatâ€™