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Japanese women have made themselves an important part of society one that allows them to have equal representation with men Throughout Japanese history women have had an ever-changing role in society They have overcome hardships while soaring through the good yet one thing has not changed women are an integral part of society Their opportunities have grown in areas of education family values and work They are now looked upon as the roots of Japanese culture and familiesThe hardships of Japanese women began at the very beginning of their lives A boy born into a Japanese family was highly desirable but a female Japanese baby was not looked upon as an asset to the family Some female babies were put up for adoption and sometimes the extreme of killing the newborn baby happened The reason why male Japanese babies were preferred over females was because the male child could grow up and carry on the family name while the female would cause nothing but a hassle for the family She had to be married off for a certain dowry that would benefit her family As a Japanese girl grew up there were many duties which she was to uphold She followed in the footsteps of her mother and learned the duties of a growing woman She was to clean the house learn to cook make clothing and wait on her superiors which included all the males in her family Young girls were not allowed to go to school so what they learned was what their mother and the women around them taught them Girls would learn to write in a flowing Japanese style not regular Chinese calligraphy and read classic Japanese poetry and novels The mothers job was to help her child understand the large separation in social status between men and women Through the transition from adolescence to adulthood Japanese girls become familiarize with the separation between men and women Throughout all of this
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