Renaissance age is also considered as the age of rebirth of women which made new discoveries to improve their poor condition. Marrying and taking care of their children and household was their main job or duty. If they had no male relative then they were forced to become nuns for the rest of their lives. There was no class difference, women of all the classes were expected to do all kinds of jobs. Some women were told to help their husbands in running their business as well.
Women did anything and everything in their power to contribute to their causes. During the time of the civil war women were banned from fighting. Being a soldier was seen as a man’s job and not a role for a lady to do. In general women’s role at this time was to take care of the children, clean the house and cook for the family. Most women didn’t have jobs unless they were a school teacher or as domestic servant, but once they got married they were expected to no longer work.
Women were offended that they less education than men. They learned less and were trained to only be mothers. Everything changed in 19th century when women protested for education. “In 1854 Cheltenham Ladies college is founded in England”(Macdonald). Women started building schools for women with a little help from their father for money.
During the Elizabethan era, women were considered subordinate to men. Laws gave men the power over women. They were expected to obey their male relatives and had few rights. Any disobedience is considered an offense to their religion. Women were not allowed to take any career.
This paper will examine how women lived in the 19th century compared to today’s women, in particular focusing on the English novel Jane Eyre. For many years, women have been considered inferior to men and, as a consequence, they have been subservient to men and to their own families. In the 19th century, for instance, they had to be obedient, sympathetic, powerless, they could not go out when they wanted or dressed as they liked, but they were supposed to stay at home and dedicated themselves to the domestic cleaning and to the education of children. In the history of the United Kingdom, an important period that contributed to the subsequent independence of women was the Victorian Age. During this era, we can identify three types of women: - Upper class women; they were educated and they had the opportunity to enjoy a luxurious life.
This reflects a unique aspect of American Life where women were treated as lesser than their male counterparts even though they were very important to society. They played a large part in keeping their society going, but did not get any recognition in the form of power or respect. Women served as housewives, cooking, cleaning, and doing anything else necessary to take care of their husbands, children, and houses. Ulrich discusses how housewives “demonstrated the old proverb, ‘A man works from sun to sun, but a woman’s work is never done’ “ (Ulrich 67). Housewives play an essential role in the functioning of their family, but the sons of the family inherit the land instead of the
The education they received was usually from their mothers, who taught them how to maintain their household and take care of children. Middle and higher class women usually received more education from private tutors or their parents. Middle class women were mostly taught needlework, reading, and writing. Higher class women were also taught music and sometimes other languages. In general, most women were taught to read by their husbands.
Motherhood was the highest calling a women could aspire in that period. A married woman was a dependent, like an underage child or a slave, and could not own property in her own name, she could not sue or sign contracts on her own. As the years passed, in 1980, this ideal of women evolved a bit, married women stayed the same but single women started getting jobs, but people viewed single women with pity and scorn. Women with minimal skills took jobs in factories. Women with some level of education found jobs as nurses or teachers and some office jobs were available to women who showed proper manners and
In brief, women were obedient possessions of their husbands and if they were opinionated or outspoken, they were unwanted and looked down on. Women were always told what to do and what to say by a man and could never express their thoughts and emotions, irrespective of the class they belonged to. How Shakespearean women defy their stereotype The stereotypical women during the Elizabethan era were mere possessions of their husbands, and had no rights, whatsoever. During this period, the ruler Queen Elizabeth I, thwarted the norms and ruled over England without getting married as she did not want to lose her dignity to a man. The women in the Merchant of Venice, one among Shakespeare’s most celebrated plays, like Queen Elizabeth I, defy the odds and show the real capability of a woman.