A Companion to Gender History (Wiley Blackwell Companions to

A significant other to Gender History surveys the historical past of girls world wide, reports their interplay with males in gendered societies, and appears on the position of gender in shaping human habit over millions of years.

• an in depth survey of the heritage of girls all over the world, their interplay with males, and the position of gender in shaping human habit over millions of years.
• Discusses family members heritage, the historical past of the physique and sexuality, and cultural background along women’s heritage and gender background.
• Considers the significance of sophistication, quarter, ethnicity, race and faith to the formation of gendered societies.
• includes either thematic essays and chronological-geographic essays.
• offers due weight to pre-history and the pre-modern period in addition to to the trendy period.
• Written via students from around the English-speaking global and students for whom English isn't really their first language.

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Women in some tribes could be traders, and within the Muslim Umayyad Empire that stretched from Spain to central Asia in the eighth and ninth centuries, women could be lawyers and traders as well. Over time, the practices of veiling and the seclusion of women in the home contributed to the decline of these occupational options for educated upper-class women. However, poor women and lower-class women continued to ply their trades as weavers, gardeners, and craftswomen within the confines of their homes.

Although city-states often warred with each other and collectively fended off invaders, the Egyptians had no standing army until relatively late - 1500 bce. Women and men in ancient Egypt enjoyed equal legal status although literate men were especially valued in government positions and appear to have held the dominant roles in the state bureaucracy. However, elite women served as queens, pharaohs, and priestesses in Old Kingdom Egypt. Non-elite women worked as artisans and farmers, alongside men, and often in family agricultural labor, in this society where evidence suggests that agriculture had developed as early as 8500 bce.

The last forty years of the twentieth century were witness to a series of changes in sexual beliefs and practices that have transformed modern societies in dramatic and permanent ways. But it is important to note that the new attitudes and new reproductive technologies that have marked this “sexual revolution” are simply more radical or more effective versions of earlier developments. The birth-control pill, introduced in 1960, made contraception foolproof for many women; it permitted a truly secure and decisive psychological separation of reproduction from sexual pleasure, freeing women to pursue jobs and careers and encouraging sexual experimentation.

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