Winnemucca and Womanhood

Kelsey Sowers
English 258
Paper 1- Question 2
February 21, 2015

Winnemucca and Womanhood

Imagine yourself - a woman two centuries ago in the nineteenth century. You had on your everyday, simple, pale dress - with puffed sleeves and flower trimming on the edges; your petticoat, chemise, and corset so tight you looked like a blowfish caught in a trap. You were modest, and covered from feet to wrists; you showed your shoulders on special occasions. You sat there day in and day out cleaning, cooking, and caring for the children. You did this for the man you love the most - your husband. The house was your prize, and you catered to your husband because he ...

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that you caught and made from the skins of different animals. The sleeves were short, covering the shoulders (but just barely). You wore a headdress on special occasions. You did not spend a lot of time tending to the male needs, and hardly ever were you with the other women of the tribe doing any specific chore. You were Sarah - Sarah Winnemucca.
In the "Cult of True Womanhood," anyone can see that there are drastic differences between Sarah Winnemucca and what a "true woman" was ideally meant to be in the nineteenth century, just from the descriptions of how they dressed and their daily routines. Comparing these two models, Winnemucca and the "Cult of True Womanhood," is comparing two separate cultures. Sarah Winnemucca was a woman of true womanhood in her culture, and the women that were described in the "Cult of True Womanhood" were true women in their culture. The idea of women's emancipation, as well as womanhood in general, is being presented in both of these works in ...

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