“The Woman Question” by Kevin Kim

During the Victorian era, women were housewives and could not aim for bigger roles in society. Men and women worked in ”different  spheres”. Women worked in the households, while men worked in the public sphere, where “working in a world driven by ambition and grasping, a world where perhaps they had to sacrifice a certain moral rectitude to maintain economic and social position and power.” Women’s roles in society were mostly to serve as moral support to their husbands who did all the hard work to sustain their families economically. Society’s view on woman started to transform, transformative power was believed to be inside women. Women worked to receive social acceptance into the public sphere, and this would happen. Woman wanted freedom and started movements that “were led mainly by middle-class, liberal women, and their work in philanthropy, public works, and organizing showed many that women could participate in the public sphere.”

The article referred a lot to women suffrage in the past centuries. Women were not allowed to vote, or have any professional roles in the political and economic world. However, in World War I, women were of great help, in and out of the field. Much help was granted by females as nurses, and in the households. This was a turning point on women rights. Men started to recognize how women and men could both achieve to successfully work as equals. Suffrage was granted to women above the age of 30 on February 6, 1918.

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2 thoughts on ““The Woman Question” by Kevin Kim

  1. Fascinating that they entire movement was led by mostly middle-class women. Middle class women would have more resources than the lower class. However, even though going up against social norms, they would be less hindered than upper-class women who probably had stricter traditions to follow.

  2. It’s interesting that woman were almost looked at as weak or powerless although they helped during the war and did all the busy work that no one else wanted to do. This is still somewhat true today but not towards just woman, just lower paying jobs. I don’t believe they are weak because they’re doing all of the work no one truly wants to do (mostly hard labor).

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