Women 100 Years Ago vs. Women Now

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Difference between Women 100 Years Ago and Women Now

100 years ago times were very different in America. Everything was different, from how we acted to what rights women did and did not have. 100 years ago women did not have the right to vote- only to sit and watch. In 1920 that right was finally granted and now women not only vote but run for Presidency. Nowadays women also work, have a number of kids and even run their own lives. They are independent beings who can choose to live a more traditional life as a wife and mother or rely upon themselves to pay their bills, rent and make them selves happy.


In today's world, women are far more liberated then they ever were 100 years ago. They now have the right to follow their dreams, speak in meetings, seminars, hold careers and even have the choice of staying at home to raise a family or working outside the home for what they want. Women are now lawyers, doctors, surgeons, car repair techs, computer techs and even Secretaries of State or Senators. They are more or less free to do what they want without being held or pushed into a box of what should be done or what is allowed. Their minds are allowed to be freed however they wish.  

Career Option

Back in the beginning of the 1900s, having a career as a woman was almost unheard of. Of course, one may stumble upon a woman who was locally famous for taking care of her family through work in the absence of a male provider or husband. Women were expected to stay at home, take care of the children and let their husband bring home the pay check. Most of them were dominated by the man of the house; providing whatever the man dictated, food on the table when they came home, house cleaned, kids taken care of and anything else handled. Today women are not necessarily staying home but are out making their own money. They now have the option to work at home or to go out and have a successful career, economy permitting. 


As times changed and women were given more rights as well as more freedom they started to reproduce at a faster rate. However, I think this was for many reasons. In the old days (100 years ago) women were raised and brought up to have relations with men after marriage and be faithful to the one they were with. It was a crime to go outside the marriage, today, women are having intimate relations with whomever and whenever they want. Women’s greatest victory over the past 100 years is probably the level of education widely available to American women. Education opens the doors and is in some ways the great equalizer in the job market. And even if a mother can’t stay home to raise her kids and trade mommy stories with friends and family, she is blessed with the miracle of the Internet to keep on top of the best practices to follow in her personal and professional lives.


  • Women were denied the right to do many things 100 years ago. They were denied many freedoms and expected to comply with the demands of men and society.
  • Women no longer have to be at-home wives but now have the option of going to work or staying home to take care of the kids.
  • Education can be said to be the great equalizer on behalf of women in the U.S.
  • Generally, society has less influence on the conduct of women today.

U.S. Woman around 100 Years Ago

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2010 Forbes List of Powerful Women

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Which women would you prefer?
  • Women 100 Years Ago
  • Women Now

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