For women in the Elizabethan Era, gender rights were a thing for the future. Women had little to no rights compared to today's women. Their husbands could decide to take advantage of their wives or they could decide to take good care of them.
Men and women were very different from each other in the Elizabethan Era. Men and women were expected to work but the women had a tendency to be engaged in labor in the household. One of her primary responsibilities was tending to the family livestock (Singman 30). The male was the head of the household. He controlled the economic resources of the family and made all principal decisions (Singman E5 456). The men in each woman's life were supposed to look after them. They were supposed to keep them safe but yet they could do whatever they wanted to them because of women's lack of rights. They were able to beat, rape, and lock away their wives. They also had full control of their children (Medici 24).