Who are women?
A question that worth for you to wonder. What is the first idea that pops up from your mind when you get such question?
The common answers will definitely be mother and wife.
There is always a common saying, women are weak and dependent, they rely on men to survive. However, as you may see, women during prehistoric period were actually very independent and they play the significant roles in the cultural changes Indeed, women’s main responsibilities are to give birth and build up the society, but their existence helped the development of the society too. In Stone Age era, survival is the main topic. I can’t deny the fact that men hunt food to survive but women were actually way more important here. As (Anon, 2015) stated, Food that hunt by men only act as nourishment, but the food gathered by women sustain the tribe of the day. Besides, according to the teeth analysis, people in paleolithic consumed a lot of grain, nuts and fruits nor meats. (The Crux, 2013) This proved that women are not reliable on Men for food source. During this period also, studies proved that women and men did not live together. There was no ownership and sexual demands on women.(p.1)
Next, women earned their position in helping through the economy changes and cultural development. During Neolithic, people began to involve in farming and rearing animals, their organizations are more systematic. As (Anon, 2015) stated, women played their important roles in preserving and storing food, lead to invention of weaving and pottery making. They were the first who made pottery from clays and preserve milk by making it into cheese and yogurt, showing women have certain level of knowledge and skills. Initially, women involved themselves in agricultural activities and made remarkable pattern by the way of choosing best lands for regular farming. Improvement of agriculture contribute to the increasing demand of human source. Women would have needed to reproduce more children to fill the demand. Slowly, women were no longer contribute to economic structure and more toward the social organization. They developed language and conveyed to their children and raised them up with their knowledge and skills. (p.5)
Throughout the story telling prehistoric era, we can know that women were not sexually exploited and commanded by men, they had their own thoughts and survival methods which earn the respects.
Anon, (2015). [online] Available at: http://web.clark.edu/afisher/HIST251/prehistory%202.pdf [Accessed 14 Jun. 2015].
The Crux, (2013). Even Our Ancestors Never Really Ate the “Paleo Diet” – The Crux. [online] Available at: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2013/06/03/even-our-ancestors-never-really-ate-the-paleo-diet/#.VY5wIvmqqko [Accessed 27 Jun. 2015].