History doesn’t always tell us the whole story,Mather we are told what the survivors/victors wanted to tell. However we are able to pull together pieces and threads of various stories to see history as a more complete image. In some instances that mean seeing the roles of women more clearly.
History likes to show women as maintaining the Homefront, carrying out domestic tasks and to be sure that would have been the story of many women, but not all. Some women joined men as explorers, soldiers, Pirates and such.were they treated as equals?
History tells us that most women who stepped away from tradition roles, those who chose to ignore their gender, often times did so in the costume of being young men or boys. This would indicate that women weren’t seen as equals, but if they could pass as young men or boys, they were capable of fooling the men they worked with.
we can talk about how far we have come today, as women, when it comes to equality, but the truth is, we aren’t there yet. Sure we are closer, but not equal.
Perhaps a better way to look towards equality is to move away from labels regarding gender. The problem here is that we, as a society, like to label or box people a certain way. To remove the gender label is to turn things inside out.
some cultures argue that we shouldn’t look for equality because men and women aren’t exactly then same. These differences get in the way of equality. And instead, we should be honouring the differences, and this includes the way we speak. This can be seen in some South American cultures, where men and women use different words to describe the same thing.
If, then, it is our nature to label things and notice the differences as well as the similarities, we may never be able to find equality. Is the label that big of a thing or can we rip t off and ignore it? I dont have the answers, but if you have suggestions or answers please share!