Women of Iraq.

Essay by ArabianPrincess359College, UndergraduateA+, September 2005

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The women of Iraq were once part of the most highly educated women. In Iraq, unlike many bordering countries, women had many rights. Men and women shared equal pay; they received six full months of maternity leave and could even serve in the army. It was very easy for the women in Iraq to find jobs and had many opportunities to work in numerous professions.

Today, it is believed that these women are pitiful creatures who follow their husbands like a shadow and are forced to remain silent and obey their husbands at all times. The typical wife, as perceived by media, has no real say in the running of the household and that it is the men who decide on each and every issue. Some Americans believe that Muslim women are oppressed by their religion, forced to cover themselves completely and denied education and other basic rights. Muslim women, like women all over the world, struggle for equality.

We will never know what really goes on with these women but we shouldn't depend on the media for all of our information. A professor of mine always told us to observe the issue, take a 360-degree turn and make sure we examine every aspect of the matter.

Iraq is a country that is on the rise. After being crushed by allied troops for their invasion of Kuwait, they have begun the slow rebuilding process. After the Gulf War women no longer enjoyed all the rights they once had. "During such periods women have little access to food, safe drinking water, primary and reproductive health care and psychological support" (El-Awady).

Women today have close to no rights when it comes to education and careers. Also, after the Gulf War, women had to become the heads of their households and take...