In today's world of advanced technology, the Amish population's desire to turn away from modern conveniences is truly fascinating. However, arguably more than their technology has held over from the past, which is apparent when you look at the rules for Amish women.
Due in large part to their strict interpretation of the Bible, the rules Amish women follow may seem out of date to outsiders. For instance, women are expected to be submissive to their husbands, and must wear plain clothes that cover almost everything. Of course, it's not just women affected by the rules in the Amish community. There are other practices among the Amish, including shunning, which aren't gender exclusive.
On the other hand, Amish teens get a chance to experience life without these rules by going through Rumspringa, where they can see what the modern world has to offer. However, their everyday life is much more restrictive, especially for women.
They Rarely Receive A Higher Education
For both Amish men and women, formal education stops after eighth grade. However, after that, Amish men may receive further education through learning agriculture practices on a farm, or by becoming an apprentice at a shop. Men are expected to learn a trade, since they are considered responsible for providing for their families. For women, some go on to become teachers after the eighth grade, but are expected to give up that job once they are married. Once school is over, they largely concentrate on domestic matters.
They Must Cover Up With A "Bonnet"
The cloth worn on an Amish woman's head is often referred to as a bonnet by outsiders, but it's actually called a "prayer covering." However, they often wear a bonnet on top of the covering when outside. The "plain color and fabric is meant to show modesty and humility," and anything that might inspire pride or be deemed too unique is unacceptable.
They Are Expected To Submit To Their Husbands
Both religion and the Bible play a huge part in an Amish marriage, and Amish society tends to put the wife in a submissive role to her husband. In public, the husband is expected to lead, and the wife is expected to follow, although within the privacy of the home a woman might have a bit more say in matters.
They Aren't Supposed To Cut Their Hair
Amish women can go their entire lives without getting a haircut, due to a literal interpretation of the Bible which deems it a "shame" for a woman to be shorn. Instead, an Amish woman grows her hair long and puts it in a bun and under the prayer covering on her head. Similarly, Amish men are not allowed to shave off their beards after marriage.