May 3, 2013
Women’s Advancement in the Workplace
Women have had a tough road to an almost equal employment. Women have had to fight their way to where they are unlike their male counterparts, who had most of their advancements handed to them just because of their gender. In Mary Wollstonecraft’s day women did not have many options of employment let alone the means to get an education and in Charlotte Bronte’s time the employment options had not improved much. But once the twenty-first century rolled around women have advanced exponentially in both education and career paths.
Mary Wollstonecraft had a very critical view as to what women should accomplish in education. She thought “women was not created merely to gratify the appetite of man, or to be the upper servant, who provides his meals and takes care of his linen, it must follow that the first care of those mothers or fathers who really attend to the education of females should be, if not to strengthen the body, at least not to destroy the constitution by mistaken notions of beauty and female excellence; nor should girls ever be allowed to imbibe the pernicious notion that a defect can, by any chemical process of reasoning, become an excellence” (Wollstonecraft 49). She wants women to be more than just a homemaker. She thought women should be equally educated as men. Unfortunately “women [were] told from their infancy, and taught by the example of their mothers, that a little knowledge of human weakness, justly termed cunning, softness of temper, outward obedience, and a scrupulous attention to a puerile kind of propriety, will obtain for them the protection of man; and should they be beautiful, everything else is needless, for at least twenty years of their lives” (Wollstonecraft 29). This train of thought is what crippled the women of the eighteenth century. The men of that century “appear to me to act in a very unphilosophical manner, when they try to secure the good conduct of women by attempting to keep them always in a state of childhood” (Wollstonecraft 30).