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Women and the Enlightenment

Post  Paola fix on Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:32 pm

Women during this age was very limited, they still had "natural rights" applied by most philosophes, but it did not apply in the same way. These rights were especially limited in homes and in the family. Around the mid 1700s a rising group of women strongly protested against this view, how the were treated in society and their limited opportunities. One of them, Mary Wollstonecraft, who wrote Vindications of the Rights of Women
in 1792, in it she tried to write the equal qualities that men and women should have and try to balance them to make her point.She also wanted to demolish the ideas of the philosophes writing most likely the ones written in the Ecyclopedie the current view that separated the ethics of men and women and that assigned reason given to men and attitude to women.
At the same time Women were very important in the age of the Enlightenment they helped philosophes in ways to avoid censorship, they even hosted the Salons. But even though their helpful ideas were useful in the Enlightenment, the philosophes did not consider the abilities or rights of women. One philophe Jean-Jacques Rousseau said that men and women were separated in figure that women should not be given equal education to that of men.

What if women today were not considered as important like in the Enlightenment and men had most of the rights to everything, what would it be like?

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Women and the Enlightenment

Post  Lisa Ella Humenberger on Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:34 pm

If women today would still be considered unimportant, I think many women would fight for their rights, just like many did years before. Of course it wouldn't be fair that women still wouldn't get treated the same way as men since it says in the constitution that men were created equally ( also including women).
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Post  Anton on Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:30 pm

I don not think it is possible today that women wouldn't have their own rights.And is it isn't possible that they would considered unimportant. Because of the revolution will definitely be and it will be much earlier than our time will come.
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Re: Women and the Enlightenment

Post  Pacome Schembri on Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:33 pm



Today us as women have about the same amount of rights that a man does. We are both considered equal. Still today some people question if women should have the same amount of right, but honestly we should and we do. Smile Today though there are some countries were women have basically no rights. For example in Arab and Muslim countries there is HUGE inequality between men and women. Women can't even get education.

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