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When one reads Ibsens A Dolls House Today he may find it very difficult to imagine how daring it might have seemed at the time it was written Noras actions were almost unheard of at the time the play was written and were thus rather controversial For Millennia women were primarily child-bearers and homemakers their domestic responsibilities generally prevented them from participating in hunts and waging war Consequently they were not allowed to share the rights and responsibilities given to hunters and warriors Throughout history religion and mythology have regarded women as naturally weaker and therefore inferior to men 209 The ancient Greeks believed that Pandoras curiosity was the root of all the evils in the world The Bible tells how Eve led Adam into sin and was placed under Adams authority by God It was a typical belief that women should be controlled not only for their own protection but for that of everyone else In most traditional societies women were put at a distinct disadvantage to men In ancient Rome women had no rights whatsoever they were the property of their father until they were married and then they became their husbands possession They had no rights to money land or even over their own children Women were educated only in domestic skills making it impossible for them to gain power and almost a necessity to marry Without the knowledge of how to live women had to rely on their husbands success or make a living through less morally acceptable means The rights of women went largely unaltered until 1792 when a woman named Mary Wollstonecraft wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman the first major modern feminist work Sadly however her demands for equality and her revolutionary tone made her work unacceptable at the time Men in general seem to employ their reason to justify prejudices Wollstonecraft A more noticeable advance in the equality of womens
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