Hang in there, Ladies! If you thought we are witnessing the worst of crimes against women. It’s only partially true. If you thought your feminism slogans need to be shouted from the rooftops, you’d be surprised to know what women from the previous centuries have had to put up with!
Here are 5 things women were banned from doing!
It was difficult for single and divorced women to get a credit card. They needed a man’s signature in the application to assign them with their necessities. Even so, the amount was (mostly) reduced to half, by the institutions! Talk of deciding how a woman should spend her earnings! It took the Senate to pass the Equal Credit Opportunity Act in 1974, for lenders to stop discriminating on gender and marital status. Now this portfolio is taken over by husbands!
Think of a man holding his cigar, and nothing comes across as more masculine. But, think of a woman doing the same? It becomes illegal. Apparently the city of New York banned women from smoking in public places in 1908. And, it was not until 1927 that the law was revoked.
Although it wasn’t illegal, women who wore pants in the early 19th century were frowned upon & some were met with naked hostility. It had to do with Christian roots in demanding modesty in attire. There have even been cases of women being denied communion for entering the church wearing trousers. Imagine being unable to flaunt your Pepe Jeans! Shudder!
For much of the 20th century, use of contraceptive pills was banned, as it was believed to interfere with the nature’s order of working. It was only a 1965’s Supreme Court’s ruling that changed the matters. Talk of not having the right to choose when to conceive and when not!
Until Queen Victoria banned Sati in 1861 throughout the Indian continent, it was an accepted custom. More prevalent amongst the warrior aristocracy class, it demanded the widow to immolate herself in the event of her husband’s death. In short, suicide. The Indian Sati Prevention Act which came about in 1988 gave lease to the countless widows, for once. One of the few things we owe the British credit for!
We have come a long way since those days. From being disallowed to inherit the crown to becoming the benefactor to her rightful property, to being judged for her choice in clothing and behavior in public, the human civilization has certainly progressed. But this fight for equality seems a slow burner, and its end does in no way seem to be in the near future.
Author : Nimisha Menon