Thecolonial women have a great appraisal regarding the current worldappreciating their efforts in the development of the nation. Theirinput cannot go unappreciated within the formal and the informalcapacities in the current world. The specific input of the colonialwomen is not entirely a glad input since most of these colonial womenhad endured a lot of persecution from the male domination ruling inthat colonial period. Among the many challenges that women facedincluded the cruel treatment from the men ruling eras and the landsacross the colonial period. With reference to the First Generations:Women in Colonial America by Carol Berkin, the women had to find theheart to endure the brutal treatments from the men they considered aslife partners. The women experienced life through the extremes oftheir diversified origins. The origins of their diversities hadstrong roots in their racial differences, their ages, their religion,and the class they hailed from across the colonial regions.

The lives of the women from the book have differences set aside bythe differentiating factors mentioned in the section. The culturaldisparities set the women to greater suffering depths. Among theleading constraints to the women are the economic and financialfreedom. The colonial women also had men who persecuted them inmarriages, but still the women would find solace in the samepersecuting men. I would relate the extension of their suffering tothe fact that the colonial era lacked any support for the femaleposition in the law forefront. The lack of the legal forefront tofight for the rights of the women contributed to the huge lag behindfor the rights of the women facing the huge discrimination in thecolonial era. Besides, during that period, their huge efforts focusedon the occupation of power by the male figures. As by then, manybelieved the power to liberate the people lay in the man’s hands.The complexity of the woman as many would believe, made them unfit toliberate the masses from the colonialists. The writer points out that“the transition from Dutch to English was restrictive” (82) forthe women about the story explaining the life of MargaretHardenbroeck.

Thetightening of the laws to prevent any woman from owning andcontrolling any financial assets could largely force the women to getback to the men who mistreated them earlier. In such cases, the menwould have enough resources to withhold the women since without thepresence of men it would make it virtually impossible for the womento survive in the tough times with the colonialism agenda ruling mostof the people’s minds. In addition, the social norms, traditions,and expectations at the colonial time put emphasis on having a womanwho had to follow the instructions set by the men. The return to themen who treated the women with contempt illustrates the level ofshaping to which the society expected the women to live with theirmen- with absolute obedience to their men. On the other receivingend, a man with women who would not follow his orders would beregarded at a lower class when placed with the other men. Hence, thewomen had to fold back to the resourceful men, an act that would thenappraise the level of respect of the men to their fellow men duringthe colonial era.


Berkin,Carol. FirstGenerations: Women in Colonial America.Macmillan, 1996.