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Gender Roles in the 19th Century Society

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Alexis Dalton

on 8 October 2013

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Gender Roles in the 19th Century Society
Women's Roles
Obey their husbands
Have children
Do household duties like cleaning and cooking
Work as laundresses, seamstresses or nurses
Men Women
-Powerful -Weak
-Active -Passive
-Brave -Timid
-Worldly -Domestic
-Logical -Illogical
-Rational -Emotional
-Individual -Social
-Independent -Dependent
-Tainted -Pure
-Ambitious -Content
Women's Employment
Men's Roles
Providing for the family
Making sure the women do what they are told
Men are superior to women
Women have to do what the men tell them, even their own sons can tell them what to do.
Women's Education
The 19th century was when education of girls got underway. There weren't many objections to educating girls. When a school wouldn't let a girl in, they built female schools. by 1860 it was almost as likely for a white girl to attend schools like a white boy.
Stereotypes of Men and Women
Women's Fashion
Importance of Women's Roles
Men's Fashion
-Lower class women could be servants, factory workers, prostitutes, etc.
-Middle and upper class women could sometimes help with the family business, but most of the time they were told to do only housework and healthcare of their families.
Men's Employment
-Lower class men took dangerous jobs as coal miners or knackers, who rendered horses for glue.
-Upper class men had more educational opportunities so they could have Professional jobs like doctors or lawyers.

Importance of Men's Roles
The men are the "bread winners" of the family. They go to work and make money so they can buy food, clothes, and anything else they need to survive.
The women did the chores and anything that needed to be done around the house. If the women didn't do them, they would not get done.
Women's Fashion
Women in the 19th century dressed more conservative than women today. The women had to wear long dresses with corsets. They couldn't wear anything short.
Men's Fashion
Men dressed very proper in the 19th century. You wouldn't see them in jeans and a tee shirt like men today.
In the 19th century, women didn't have the rights they have today. They couldn't vote, couldn't sue or be sued, could not testify in court, had extremely limited control over personal property after marriage, were rarely granted legal custody of their children in cases of divorce, and were barred from institutions of higher education
Men's Education
Since men were considered the dominant sex, they were allowed to go to school from the beginning without opposition. While women had to fight for an education, men were handed it on a silver platter.
Since men were superior to women, they had all the rights. Men could vote, work at any job, have higher educations, and they had complete control over their marriage and wife.
Works Cited
Radek, Kimberly M. "Women in the Nineteenth Century." Women in the Nineteenth Century. Kimberly M Radek, 21 Apr. 2008. Web. 03 Oct. 2013.

"Gender Ideology & Separate Spheres in the 19th Century." Victoria and Albert Museum, Online Museum, Web Team, Webmaster@vam.ac.uk. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Oct. 2013.

Wojtczak, Helena. "WOMEN'S STATUS IN MID 19TH-CENTURY ENGLAND." English Women's History. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Oct. 2013.

Hartman, Dorothy W. "Conner Prairie Interactive History Park." ConnerPrairie.Org. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Oct. 2013.
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