The “Cult of Domesticity” first named and identified in the early part of the century, the beliefs embodied in this “cult” gave women a central role in the family. Women’s god given role, it stated was a wife and mother. Pulling against these “beliefs” was the sense of urgency, movement, and progress in the industrial and political changes affecting the country. Women could not help but see themselves in this rowth.
Women wanted new options, jobs, education and more. Not many women pursued their dream though because many had little to no support, but that difficulty didn’t stop some women from pursuing their goals. Rosa Cassettari and Luna Kellie were two of the women from the same era that decided to pursue the wishes in order to have a better and prosperous life and be able to provide for their families as best as they could. These two women were great examples of how hard but not impossible it was to gain their own freedom and rights aside of what society believed a women’s role was.
Even though the faced many hardships and obstacles these two women found the courage to overcome all the bumps in the road and accomplish what they were looking for. They knew women were as strong as men and deserved the equal opportunity in society as men always had. In 1884 Rosa Cassettari left her home in Italy and joined the stream of migrants from all across Europe bound for America. Many migrants were on the pursuit of happiness better yet the American dream; they believed America was the place to go in order to have a better life.
But for Rosa and many of the migrants it was much harder then it seemed. Rosa lived along with her abusive husband Santino, he believed she was only good for one thing which was being a housewife after years of misery and abuse Rosa decided to leave him for good after Santino opened up a prostitution house were he wanted Rosa to work in. Rosa was then in deep trouble since she had no education she was unable to read or write but in the end decided she had to leave and do something for herself and children.
For her it was no relief to be in America but she still sought out and traveled to Chicago in look for a better life. In Chicago she received a lot of help and support from many rograms for immigrants, which helped her and lead her to finding a job at Chicago Commons. Rosa was able to learn English and educate herself and help other immigrants just like herself get by in a strange, often bewildering city. To read about Rosa Cassettari and how she traveled from Italy to Chicago is to witness one small part of a process set in motion by global needs and once unimaginable aspirations (Oakes 512).
As for Luna Kellie, a young girl who lived in a farm in Minnesota always dreamed of one day being able to raise a family of her own on a farm of her own. At the age of 18, Luna got married had a child and had moved to a homestead in Hastings, Kansas. Life in the farmland fell very short of her dream and expectation. Luna had now been living in a shack and had given birth to 12 children. Luna saw her life go downhill and her dreams shattered, as she couldnt see any progress for a brighter future for herself and family.
As Luna began to give up hope because of how scarce society was at the time Luna found a way to continue with her faith and find a way to accomplish her dreams. Luna then sought out to become more active in the school district, here she took part in discussions over whether women should have the right to vote (Oakes 567). As for her dream to own her own farm, Luna was facing many struggles, Luna Kellie then turned to the Farmers Alliance an association that helped with agricultural woes.
When she joined this organization she didnt do it alone along her 250,000 women also joined the Alliance making it the largest women’s organization in the United States (Oakes 567). This Alliance helped Kellie’s wishes come true and also helped many other rural women step up and pursue their goals. After working longside the Alliance Nebraska’s Farmers Alliance elected her as state secretary because of all her hard work she had put in in order for her people to have the right and be able to own their own farms. Luna helped the people just like here improve their rural lives.
The movement moved into broader questions of political reform. By 1892, the Farmers Alliance had fostered the most important political insurgency of the late 1 9th century, the populist Party. Luna had achieved what she had most wanted her life being able to call her farm her own, not her husbands but her own. The similarities between theses two women Rosa and Luna was that both these ladies were on the pursuit to show women were capable of doing so much more or that of equal of men. They also shared the same urge to change society’s view of the role of women during the era they lived in. he both fought and went through many obstacles but never quitted and kept going to they achieved what they wanted. These two women have given a great example of women that want to be part of their society and regardless of what society beliefs there role should be they are willing to put everything n stake in order to accomplish what they want. As they had some similarities they also had differences. Rosa had to undergo most of her journey on her own without the help or support of anyone since she had migrated to America and really had nothing to begin with.
As for Luna she was a citizen she had more then Rosa ever had in the beginning even if it wasn’t much Luna had somewhere to fall back in case things didn’t go the right way. The other difference was even though Rosa accomplished what she wanted for herself it was just a victory for herself rather than Luna that as she accomplished her dream she helped pave the ay for other women to do the same and helped and motivated women like her to become more involved and accepted in a political way.
In the end these two women both played an important role in making the women of our society more active in every way they could be. They also gave women a step fonard into claiming their lives from family and husbands that believed the tradition of women only good for being a wife and mother. These two women’s experience gave hope to women that they were capable of doing and being seen equally as men and given the same opportunities as them as well. And ultimately changed the role of women and show women had the same rights as men.
Therefore helping a woman’s destiny change for the better.