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Traditional beliefs of women being weaker than men has made women live under the control of men for centuries In the past womens activities are quite restricted Some of them were not allowed to go to school or even wandered on the street But now the situation has been improved women are actively gaining respect from various aspects which is due to the allowance of education for women According to New Internationalist cabinet positions that are held by women currently increased from 3 in 1987 to 6 And of the 24 female heads of state in this century half have been elected since 1990 In addition more women are working not only in jobs that are specifically designated as womens work but also as bus drivers miners engineers and even priests The Chrysanthemums was written by John Steinbeck at a time during which the first female cabinet member in history was appointed the Secretary of Labor she was one of the few women in her time that succeeded in gaining respect and equality in a male-dominated society For most female like the main character Elisa Allen liberation was usually a bitter struggle In the story Elisa tried to fight for sexual equality by acting like a man however she very often unwittingly exposed her femininity Elisa was a gifted planter some of her chrysanthemums were even ten inches across She had a tough outlook Her face was lean and strong and her eyes were as clear as waterp953 She worked hard to prove her capability of doing masculine work but her watery eyes reflected her affectionate side She looked blocked and heavy in her gardening costume a mans hat pulled low down over her eyes clod-hopper shoes a figured print dress almost completely covered by a big corduroy apronp953 Elisa tried to disguise her soft character by dressing like a hard working man nevertheless the figured print dress exposed her girlish mind The
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