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Women in the 16th and 17th century

Womens roles, Womens rights, womens duties

April Correll

on 18 January 2013

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Transcript of Women in the 16th and 17th century

April Correll and
CarlyAnn Dilegge Women's Rights
16th and 17th Century Into the lives of women Social Stature of Women Treatment of Women An increase to women's issues involving education reform was occurring.
Women were not allowed to get a education, it was detrimental to the traditional female virtues of innocence and morality. During the sixteenth and seventeenth century there was a mass amount of ways that women were not allowed to participate and take part in certain daily life activities and events. Upper class Saxon women had minimal freedoms.
At the other end of society women were slaves. What women could and could not do Life for the average women was not just a walk in the park in the sixteenth and seventeenth century. From being given minimal freedoms to strict and forcible roles within their homes. The era of Shakespeare was not a well benefited time for women. Social structure in Europe only allowed women limited opportunities for involvement; they manly were managers of their households. Women were expected to focus on activities that encouraged the betterment of their families specifically their husbands. In most cases education for women was not advocated it was thought to be harmful to the traditional female virtues of innocence and morality. Women who spoke out against traditional gender roles took the risk of being exiled from their communities. Women were not given education.
Women were married at puberty to grown men
They remained forever the property of their fathers.
Women were not allowed to buy land .
A raped women was no longer allowed to wear jewelery or taken part in public ceremonies.
Under Roman law the power of the husband was absolute; he could chastise his wife even – until the later Roman period – to the point to kill her (raped). . Teacher, lawyer, and doctor were closed for women
. Women were not able participate in public life.
. Girls were not allowed to go to school only boys
. Women had to have boys not girls
. Most men could not run a farm or a business without their wives help.
. Women also sold foodstuff throughout the streets
. A very common job that women did were domestic servant.
. In the 16th century some upper class women were highly educated
. Legally girls could marry when they were 12 years old. In the 16th century girls did not go to school.
Girls from well off families were usually educated at home.
Tutors taught upper class girls.
Mothers taught middle class girls reading, writing, arithmetic and skills like sewing.
Merchant's daughters were very often taught to run their father's business. In medieval times a women who killed her husband was guilty not of murder, but of petty treason and was condemned of the same punishment as if she had killed the king.
Marriages were often arranged when the girls were only three or four years old.
Law stated at the time that a girl as young as seven was capable of consenting to marriage.
Marriage could not be consummated until the girl was 12 years old.14th century courts were unwilling to convict rapists when the victim was pregnant. In Rome the father ruled over the wive and children.
Women were allowed to own and inherit property and some ran businesses
Marriages were arranged for them and often their husband was much older than them
Women were also not allowed to vote
In Victorian family the father was head of the family. His wife and family had to obey him.
The men could whip or beat his children and he could divorce his wife for quite trivial reasons
Sons were mostly more important than daughters were. Continued Continued Becoming a teacher, lawyer or doctor was not an option for women.
Some women worked spinning clothes, becoming tailoresses, milliners, dyers, shoemakers and embroiderers also washerwomen.
Women also worked in food preparation such as brewers, bakers or confectioners. Selling foods in the streets.
Common job for a women was domestic servant while others were midwives and apothecaries.
However most women were housewives. Continued Education Reform
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