What is a good thesis for this topic?
How have women's lives, roles, and statues varied and changed over various early world history eras and culture areas?I have to cover at least four different periods and eras.
I have chosen 800 CE, 1000 CE, 1300 CE and 1500CE and my area are Europe, Africa, East Asia and India.
This is a good question. As you know the thesis of a paper is the most important part. Also it is important to know that all good thesis statements are debatable. So, you will have to argue your thesis. In light of this, let me give you a few suggestions:
- You might might to argue that with the Protestant Reformation in Europe the role of women accelerated. In this way, you can say that the sentiment of "protesting" carried over to gender roles. From this point of view, you can then explore if there was anything similar to this is Africa, India and East Asia.
- You might want to argue that the role of women stayed pretty much stagnant in all of these areas for the duration of the time you are studying. If you go this route, then you can argue that status of women did not get better until the modern period.
As you see, with such a broad time period and geographic area, your thesis will also have to be broad.