Transcript of Women in the Victorian Era
By Team Alpha Women in Victorian Society Motherhood Queen Victoria lower class Women Education UPPER CLASS Women Women's Rights Works Cited In Victorian England, the rightful place of women was limited to their homes. Society and men viewed marriage as the best position for women. It was their "duty". Even so, marriage was more of an economic necessity for women. They had no choice but to rely on their husbands since most jobs were unavailable for females. Queen Victoria was the ideal woman! She embodied the pure beliefs of her Catholic faith as well as represent what a woman should be like. She was the icon of femininity and domesticity. She was even described as "the mother of the nation". With the arrival of the Industrial Revolution, there was an increase in the availability of jobs. Many of the lower class women abandoned their domestic restrictions and sought out blue collar jobs to support themselves. However, they still had to continue their previous roles at home. Women of the upper class did live their lives in their houses, only going out for social gatherings and to get publicity with the plebeians who survived off of their patronage. Most of the household work was left to servants, maids, and cooks. Higher levels of education were generally not offered to women. Women of the time were educated in arts and social rules rather than the practical things of the working world. The rights of women were very limited during this time period. Victorian women basically became properties to their spouses. The women's suffrage movement began in the late Victorian era, but wasn't successful until much later in history. However, this was the time period when the idea became a possibility. Abrams, Lynn. "Ideals of Womanhood in Full transcript
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