Saturday, June 30, 2012
We Have Come a Long Way Girls
During the early history of the United States, a man owned his wife
and children. She couldn’t keep her name or possess any assets.
Even an inherited family home became the property of her husband.
If a man chose to send his children to an orphanage, the mother had
no defense. She also had no rights over her own body, although he
had full rights over his wife’s body. Crimes against women weren’t
considered serious. A woman’s “purity” was expected, but rape was
almost impossible to prove, and unless it was a black man faced
charges against raping a white woman, the punishment was negligible.
Women simply weren’t deemed valuable—at least not in the eyes of
the law. You can imagine the rage women must have felt.
Chrystal Andrus Life Coach