Revolution's impact on the roles of Russian and Mexican womenby Rit Nosotro
Compare the effect of revolution on the role of women in Russia and Mexico.
The roles of Russian and Mexican women have drastically changed because of the Revolution, therefore, giving women more freedom and a higher standing in society.
Before Mexico's 1910 revolution, Mexican women were seen as inferior and lower class than men. Married women were expected to marry, look after their families and submit not only their husbands, but also the Catholic Church. Expected to be pleasant homemakers and wives, these women were stripped of many rights due to her marital status. They were forbidden to vote, divorce and make decisions about their children’s education. Married Mexican women couldn’t teach or tutor anyone except her husband. The inequality among women was a tradition that wouldn’t easily be broken.
Mexican women who remained single were given noticeably more privileges than those who chose to marry. Single women were granted most of the same rights as men and had less regulations placed on their lives. The only restriction was that they were forced to remain at home until turning 30. Women who chose to be teachers also had to be single.
During the Revolution, the Mexicans found women to be very useful on the battlefield. The women who aided in the cause were known as Soldaderas, Coroneles, Adelitas and other such names. Many assisted their spouses on the field and others served in order to earn money for their labor. Some women became Soldaderas against their will after being raped by soldiers and stolen away from their homes. During the Revolution, women also served as nurses spies, cooks and seamstresses. Their domestic skills were much appreciated by the armies and men who received their services. The women who helped during the Revolution did so in order to fight for equality among men and women. However, their fight was difficult and they were not granted comforts or respect.
After the Revolution, Mexican women never fully gained equality with men; however,
they did make a stand and received more freedom and recognition. Before the
revolution, women were supposed to be homemakers and servants to men, but afterwards,
they elevated themselves by proving their ability to fight and serve alongside
Russian women were also considered to be beneath men before Russia's 1917 revolution. Women performed as much manual labor as men. Men were legally allowed to abuse their wives and children without running into trouble with the law; however, men were expected to make sure their wives were able to work in their fields in order to bring enough food home for himself.
Russian women also proved themselves to be strong and courageous workers during the Russian Revolution. They fought as hard as the men and were treated the same as men during the revolution. Suffering for freedom resulted in Women’s Rights in 1917. These laws gave women the same rights as men, therefore, making them equal and giving them equality in society. Women could educate themselves however they chose and were permitted to earn a living on their own and do what they pleased.
The effect the Revolution had upon women was great in both Russia and Mexico. The Mexican and Russian women proved themselves to be hard working and brave. However, the Russians were granted more freedom and personal liberties than the Mexican women. The Russians believed that a society with inferior people groups was bound to fail and this thinking is what convinced them to allow equality among men and women. The Mexican women had to earn their freedom through hard work and sacrifices and they still do not have equality. The revolutions brought about great change for women in Russia and Mexico because of their devotion to their country, their family and their dreams of freedom.
1. Married Mexican women weren’t allowed to do the following EXCEPT
2. Single Mexican women had to stay home until the age of ??
3. Mexican women were called all of the following during the Revolution EXCEPT
4. Which of these statements was true about Russian women?
a. They didn’t worked as hard as men
b. They were always equal with men
c. They weren’t allowed to teach
d. They received equality in 1917 when Women’s Rights were passed
e. They loved being inferior
5. True or False: Russians believed that having an inferior group in society meant a successful society.
1. c 2. b 3. d 4. d 5. false
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