Roles of Men and Women
Women’s roles in their families were defined by their age and marital status: daughter (or “virgin”), wife, mother, and widow. Men’s roles were defined by social position or occupation: merchant, knight, priest, peasant, barrelmaker, weaver, and so on (King, 317).
Elizabethan-age peasant woman holding basket of apples. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/118_802619/1/118_802619/cite. Accessed 20 Mar 2017.
Looking After Women
The men looked after the women. For the husband, this meant providing his family with any luxuries within his means (Olsen, 464).
Edwardian portrait, woman in Elizabethan dress.. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/102_516269/1/102_516269/cite. Accessed 13 Mar 2017.
Women played servant roles in their families (King,317). Women could also be writers, artists, and intellectuals (King,324). Important jobs that women were responsible for would include textile pictures: spinning, weaving, and embroidering, both of the ordinary furnishings and clothes worn by family members in lower-status families and of elaborate luxury products in wealthier ones (King,318). Jobs that women could not participate in include, under the field of law, medicine and politics, and they could not vote (Sharnette, 1).
Woman dressed as Elizabethan Age noblewoman. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/118_809953/1/118_809953/cite. Accessed 16 Mar 2017.
Common women were bid not go to school (William Shakespeare site-map)
Women had no possessions (Olsen, 464)
Women could not sue or withdraw money (Olsen, 464)
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