Introduction to Ethics & Social Responsibility
Instructor: Shelia Farr
November 9, 2015 Many historians argue that in a pre-market, farm economy, women enjoyed something much more like equality. On a family farm, men and women typically did different jobs. Men did heavy field labor, woodwork and repair, and worked with large edge tools. Women typically did food and clothing preparation, and food preservation. Children were raised by both. A farm simply could not survive without the skilled labor of both men and women, and in this sense men and women’s contribution to the economy of the family farm was equal. True, the law clearly favored men, and gave women few formal rights. But in a world where most people made their own food, clothing and shelter, rather than buying these things pre-made, a farm wife’s labor was crucial to the family’s basic survival. Back then, women was essential in keeping the household in order and taking care of her family but when you put in perspective of deontology theory and relativism; it is clear that women was not treated equally and fairly. While the traditional role of a woman may have been a better fit for families and the shaping of America, several key people were involved in expanding new opportunities for women and their place in society. The key people who were involved in reshaping the face of woman are the Women’s clubs who defended woman’s rights created a drip method that women throughout the Nation started to take action on the injustice of state laws on them. The National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) was the main organizational supporter for woman’s rights also gave a political voice for women and as well as National Organization for Women (NOW) who hunted for change and equal opportunities for women.
As a subsistence economy began to be replaced by a market economy, in which more and more household goods were…