Rights of Women 1500's - 1600's and Now

By: Grace Jones and Rina Hamiti

Rights of women now and then
  • Women were only aloud to learn basic knowledge, once basic knowledge was learned they weren't aloud to attend school anymore unless they were born into a wealthy family, then they would be given a farther education by a personal tutor.
  • once a woman learned basic knowledge, if they weren't born into a wealthy family, then they would run the household (take care of children, clean, make meals, do laundry, take care of the man of the house, etc...)
  • If parents gave permission girls at 12 years or older were aloud to marry.
  • If women weren't married they would most likely become a nun
  • Women were accepted to respect all male figures
  • Women were the lesser gender
  • Women usually had a child every two years since most of the time children died of disease
  • women didn't/couldn't have jobs
  • women were supposed to bring a dowry to the marriage (dowry is a small amount of money or goods)
  • Once a woman was married to a man she could not get a divorce

Compare and contrast:

    There aren't many similarities of women's rights from now and then, but there are a few. Women still usually take care of the children more then the husband, and women can still have as many children as they want. As you can tell women's rights have changed drastically changed over the past 400-500 years. 

       There are many differences with the rights of women from the Elizabethan period to the present, some of which include: Women are now aloud to get a divorce, women are equal with men, women are not forced to marry or shamed if not, women can't get married under 16 in the US, women have the right to vote, and women are allowed full education. Luckily women have now gained many more rights and have a greater impact in society. 

  • Women are allowed to learn as much as men, even if poor, and can attend college
  • Women and men usually equally take care of the family and the house.
  • Women and men are now almost fully equal in the household, work place, and in public
  • Women aren't forced to marry or have kids.
  • Women can have jobs, and whatever job they want, but are occasionally payed less then men.
  • Women can get a divorce as many times as they want.
  • in marriage men and women are equal
  • Women and men equally respect each other
  • Women can't get married under the age of 16 (in the US)
  • Women can have as many kids as they want
  • Women have the right to vote for presidents, governors, mayors, and any political or media polls