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Max Brown Gen Ed 110 Term Paper: Women in history Women do Matter From the earliest hunter-gatherer societies to the most sophisticated empires, men have dominated government, military, law, economic life, and religion . The significance of women, however, is over looked . Women play a key role in every civilization; without women, there is no life, and without life there is no civilization . Prior to 1500 CE men and women were not viewed as equal and in order to fully understand the importance of women we must examine their role in, the household, government, education and religion . On the outside it appears that power is strictly male dominated, but once it is examined in depth, it becomes apparent that women have some power over men, not necessarily government power, but sexual power . According to the book of Genesis man was created first out of dust and women second from the rib of the man . This shows that even in the beginning of time, for Judeo- Christians cultures, man seems to be seen above women . As the story of creation progresses, God tells Adam, “ From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die” (Genesis 2; 17) . Soon after God told Adam this, He created Eve and said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him” (Genesis 3; 3) . Adam told Eve about the forbidden tree and what would happen if she ate the fruit, but she did not listen, instead a serpent convinced her to eat the fruit . Eve ate the fruit and was fine; she then took a piece of the fruit to Adam and convinced him to eat . This is an example of how women have some sexual
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power over men . Adam knew eating the fruit was wrong but he was heavily influenced by his partner and wife . Upon eating the fruit from the tree, Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden forever, creating Original Sin . Original Sin was created because women, Eve, ate the fruit then convinced Adam to eat it; therefore women came before men even in the beginning . The sexual power Eve had over Adam was enough to get them thrown out of the Garden of Eden forever, this shows the amount of sexual power women had, even in the beginning . Women are overlooked in several societies and civilizations . A prime example of this is in the hunter-gatherer civilizations . In these civilizations, the men are the hunters, and the women are the gatherers . When a man kills much needed protein, he distributes it among his family and in-laws first then to the rest of the tribe, if big enough . In return for providing meat to the rest of the tribe he expects to receive gifts in return . The expectance of gifts and providing of meat gives him honor in the tribe which puts men above women .
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