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The Women of Greece A Transition from Ancient Power to Classical Subservience Womens conquest for political and social freedom is a battle that has gone on for centuries Perhaps the breaking point in womens liberation was the Womens Movement of the 1900s which encouraged women all over America to join in the fight for their right to vote Because of this struggle for equality women are now able to vote receive a standard of fairness in the workplace hold political positions and play professional sports as well as a wide array of other privileges enjoyed by men Unfortunately these civil rights have not been made available to women worldwide In some cultures especially those of the Middle East women have gained little if any rights at all since the societies of the past In Greece an almost opposite effect can be seen in its history in which women in their country went from being recognized as equals and above to becoming a much weaker sex This odd transition of status of Greek women is evident through the art mythology and philosophy of a much older Greece Thus dominant role of women portrayed in Ancient Greek mythology and artwork is in direct contrast to the more subservient role of women during the classical era in Greece Ancient Greece otherwise known as the Archaic period 650-450 BC was a time of great development for Greece The first major developments in Greece were cities or towns and their surrounding villages called city-statesGreece 366 Much rivalry consisted between city-state residents which resulted in a great deal of patriotism for ones city-state Some of the best known city-states are Athens and Sparta Greece 366 During this time of growth numerous tyrants came into control of the city-states These tyrants caused the people to become bitterly rebellious which later ended in revolt and the birth of the first known democratic government
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