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Role of women in Medieval Time
Transcript of Role of women in Medieval Time
About 90% of all women lived in rural areas and were therefore involved in some form of farm and domestic work such as:
Caring for children
Support their husband
Pregnancy and Childbirth
Medieval England was not a comfortable place for most women.
A few women lived comfortable lives but Medieval society was completely dominated by men.
Women had little or no role to play within the country at large.
--> Throughout the Middle Ages, the place of women in society was often dictated by
--> The story underlined the belief that women were inferior to men, and that they
were morally weaker and likely to tempt men into sin.
Rich and Poor
Today and before
Women and power
--> Pregnancy and childbirth were risky in the Middle Ages: complications that would today be considered relatively minor could be fatal for mother and child.
--> Labouring women were attended by midwives, whose understanding of childbirth was for the most part attained through practical experience rather than formal training.
--> Though the Middle Ages the profession began to be formally recognised.
There were some women who exercised power, providing a challenge to the stereotypical image of medieval women as oppressed and subservient.
In the church, women could hold positions of great responsibility as abbesses of convents. In some instances, such as monasteries that housed communities of men and women, the abbess had seniority over monks.
Outside monastic walls, women could wield political power.
--> Married when they were
-->They didn´t work much
--> Girls had no choice over who
--> Wives from a rich family usually did not look after their children
--> They lived a little more than
--> Not get married until they were in their twenties
--> Worked from the earliest age
--> The girl married with someone
--> Women from a poor family had to look after their children
--> Did not live past the age of forty
--> Women can get a job whenever they
--> Nowadays women can divorce their husbands but with some rules
--> Woman has the possibility to own any type of property
--> By having more power than before,
now they can be part of the process of inheritance
--> Could own no business with special
--> Not allowed to divorce their husbands
--> Could not own property of any kind unless they were widows
--> Could not inherit land from their parents’ if they had any surviving brothers