Treatment of Women

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Treatment of Women Then and Now Anam Ahmad HIST 100-022 Professor Wolf 3/2/09 Formal Paper #1
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between men and women. During the ancient world women were treated as low, as though they were inferior to men. There were times when a certain civilization looked past that and women were given more rights, but for the majority of the time women were not treated well back then. Through out the years there have been significant changes in women’s status. The women with power were obviously treated well but as the years went on people learned that you did not have to be a woman of power to be treated with respect and dignity. Many civilizations understood this fact and gave women the rights they deserved still it took them a while to get there. During the ancient world the status of women tended to be inferior to that of men. Herodotus supported this with a number of examples about how the women were treated, although there were a few that had a great deal of control for the majority of the time they were on the lower end of the hierarchy pyramid. The women of Egypt were by far treated the best in the ancient world. “The Egyptians believed that joy and happiness were legitimate goals of life and regarded home and family as the major source of delight.” 1 Egyptian women were hugely respected because they ran the household and bore children. Children were very precious to Egyptians. Egyptian women were fortunate in 2 ways: one “While women could become Pharaoh only in very special circumstances, they were otherwise regarded as totally equal to men as far as the law was concerned. They could own property, borrow money, sign contracts, initiate divorce, appear in court as a witness, etc. Of course, they were also equally subject to whatever responsibilities normally accompanied those 1 Thompson, James C. “Women of Ancient Egypt”. Women of the Ancient World . <http://www.womenintheancientworld.com/women%20in%20ancient%20egypt.htm>
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