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Since the nations founding American society has made very obvious changes in its definition of a womans accepted place However one of the first setbacks to this progression is often overlooked The failure of women to gain political rights during the immediate post-Revolutionary era was not inevitable Women played a visible role ruing the pre-Revolutionary period as well as throughout the Revolutionary War however their status in the new republic did not reflect such demonstrations of capability Instead the idea that the political community was to be a community of men permeated the mindset of the nations founding fathers The Constitution of 1787 which virtually ignored the question of womens status and the constitutions of individual state governments that directly established a distinct male suffrage reinforced the recognition of a domestic patriarchy where a womans voice was subordinate Mercado 1 A womans role in society was not as noticeable to achieve merit Their primary role was to stay at home and take care of the children Also they would help their husband in many of his daily activities Women were being excluded from education society and power The turning point for women though was the Revolutionary War Many women were left at home to take care of all of the responsibilities around the house or farm With this new set of responsibilities women began to think a little bit They began to wonder why they had not been able to obtain any sort of social power The fact remains that women had no power at this time because of historical reasons Historically men had been the heads of the household And with the strong religious beliefs of the time women couldnt change that The Bible was a clear-cut answer to who should run the home A womans function from the perspective of the Bible was to be a mother and to be obedient to their husbands Women didnt need education in order to be mothers
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