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Victorian Womanhood/Zero Wave Feminism
Transcript of Victorian Womanhood/Zero Wave Feminism
Setting the stage for
First Wave Feminism
4 "Tenets" of Victorian Womanhood
Acquiring a public voice
Reign of Queen Victoria
"The Cult of True Womanhood"
"The Cult of Domesticity"
The right to love whom others scorn,
The right to comfort and to mourn,
The right to shed new joy on earth,
The right to feel the soul's high worth.
Such woman's rights God will bless
And crown their champions with success.
Mrs. E. Little, "What are the Rights of Women?",
, II (1849)
Godey's Lady's Book
Editor: Sarah Hale
"The Constant; Or the Anniversary Present"
Godey's Lady's Book Jan. 1851
$3 a year!
Idea that two separate worlds existed:
Public sphere (work) and private sphere (home)
Quickly, these spheres became increasingly separate based on gender.
Romanticism (Peak: 1800-1840)
Artistic and intellectual movement
Reaction against Age of Enlightenment, industrialization
Valued nature, and people and things close to nature
Appealed to emotion and imagination, rather than emphasizing rationality
Is there such a thing as
modern Victorian Womanhood?
Harriet Beecher Stowe
United Daughters of the Confederacy
Women's Christian Temperance Union