In practice, an Amish woman’s wishes can determine the course of a business or influence a move to another community.
Amish base their Christian communities on Biblical principles, meaning a more traditional calling for women.
However, the perception of the Amish woman as necessarily oppressed is one which ignores the reality of her position, as well as Amish values.
They are mothers, managers of the household, and play an important role in maintaining communal ties.
As the home is considered in some ways the center of Amish life, her role in maintaining it is highly important.
In the agricultural model she would be expected to help out in farm tasks, taking on certain “male” roles, as well as running the household.