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Women's rights and roles in the Victorian Era

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Aliya Zhaksybek

on 30 October 2014

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Transcript of Women's rights and roles in the Victorian Era

Women's Rights
Women in the Victorian Era could not vote and were treated very differently from men. For example, women could not own their own property and could not divorce their husbands, because then they would have no chance of acceptance in society. Education and job training was considered useless and most Victorians believed that women shouldn't have legal rights.
Women's rights: marriage
If a woman divorced her husband she would not be allowed to see her children, until 1839 when a law was passed that stated that children under 7 years of age should stay with their mother. By 1857,women could divorce their husbands who were cruel or had left. On the other hand, married women could not be punished for theft or burglary. In 1891 women could not be forced to live with their husbands unless they chose to.
Women's Roles
A woman's role in the Victorian society was to stay at home and look after the house and children. Marriage was considered a woman's "career". Women had to obey their husbands and do whatever they pleased. By 1879 women were allowed to keep the money they earned and in 1884 a Married Woman's Property Act was passed. Until then women could not own property and had to give their money to their husbands.
Women's roles: expectations
Women usually had many children to help out with chores. 10 children in a family was absolutely normal. Upper class women were usually expected to sing, play an instrument, speak a little French or Italian, be innocent, virtuous, biddable, dutiful, and ignorant of intellectual opinion. All women(married or not)were considered and expected to be fragile, weak and helpless. Women were not encouraged to wear any make up or to wear clothing that showed any skin.
Famous women
Emily Murphy-first woman lawyer in British Empire.
Emily Stowe-first female doctor and principal in Canada, founded Toronto Women's Literary Club, helped establish the Toronto Women's Medical College.
Florence Nightingale-helped raise hospital standards and nursing profession.
Nellie McClung-famous author, great orator, fought to improve working conditions for women.
Women's rights: jobs
There weren't very many jobs available for women during the Victorian Era. Universities were only for men. To get a good education many women went to universities in the United States. Although women graduated from American universities, they could not get a job in Canada, unless they got a Canadian diploma. Even though it seems like many women did not graduate, because they didn't have the opportunities, but they only made up 15% of undergraduates in Canada. Now women make up 55% of undergraduates in Canada.
Queen Victoria
An important woman in the Victorian Era- Queen Victoria, ruled over the British Empire for 64 years, from 1837-1901.
Women's rights and roles in the Victorian Era
By Aliya, Connor, Reeba and David
Victorian women.
*Women usually changed dresses 6 times a day or more.
*Women were not allowed to cheat on their husbands, but men always had mistresses.
*Nurses in the Victorian Era
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