Gilman’s idea of gender inequality is that a woman’s job is to take care of her children and household duties while men work outside of the home. For as long as I can remember, this has been accepted as a social norm. However, the whole idea of women cleaning the house all day and cooking meals in a cute little apron have changed. Many jokes have been passed around that “women belong in the kitchen,” but whether men like it or not, it can not be expected. Women go to college so they don’t have to stay at home and tend to their husbands. They go to college to get careers and lead a successful lifestyle, then take care of their household duties when they get home from work. Women have become more independent, and I feel that it’s better that way. I’m not saying that it’s wrong for a woman to depend on her husband at all, but I don’t think any woman should be fully dependent on a man. Women could do just as much as a man can, and with the right mindset, a woman can become anything she wants to. For example, Hilary Clinton didn’t get elected for President, but the fact that she ran for President proves the changes in gender roles in present day. Gilman would be surprised to know that a woman ran for President, because this would never be possible centuries ago.
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