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Victorian Womanhood/Zero Wave Feminism

Women in Society 1.29.13
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Mary Amelia Taylor

on 7 January 2015

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Transcript of Victorian Womanhood/Zero Wave Feminism

"Zero Wave" Feminism
Setting the stage for
First Wave Feminism
4 "Tenets" of Victorian Womanhood
1837-1901
Women's societies
Acquiring a public voice
Angelina and
Sarah Grimke
Reign of Queen Victoria
Victorian Womanhood
"The Cult of True Womanhood"
"The Cult of Domesticity"
Romantic Era
Victorian Fashion
Piety
Purity
Submission
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?",
Ladies' Wreath
, II (1849)
Godey's Lady's Book
1830-1877
Editor: Sarah Hale
"The Constant; Or the Anniversary Present"
Godey's Lady's Book Jan. 1851
$3 a year!
NO politics.
Victorian Era
"Separate spheres"
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?
Agency
Writing
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Margaret Fuller
Harriet Jacobs
United Daughters of the Confederacy
Women's Christian Temperance Union
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