Middle class women in the Victorian Era brianna monreal

In the Victorian era the middle class women had unfair rights compared to the men. They're education compared to the men, was very weak. They couldn't go to the public schools with men, they had to stay at home and clean the house and take care of their children if they had any. The pdf website http://repository.wellesley.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1301&context=thesiscollection states, "These scholars recognized the c. 1870-shift to working-class and middle-class girls’ education, but they questioned its true import, arguing that, on an ideological level, little actually changed for girls. Their arguments draw heavily on the ideology of separate spheres. Specifically, they focus on the Victorian discourse that women’s “proper” place was at home, which, as Davidoff and Hall demonstrated in 1987, rose to prominence in the 1840s, largely due to industrial capitalism and the formal separation of work and home" in other words women lost their education because they thought that a womens place was at home instead of getting they're education.

The women who who were married in the Victorian century got treated unfair by their husbands and were very limited. The website http://web.clark.edu/afisher/HIST253/lecture_text/WomenMiddleClass_19c_Europe.pdf says "Home became the center of virtue and the proper life for women. The wife was not to do outside work. Historians are not certain why this happened. For centuries the wife aided her husband in his business. Many times the rearing of children was left to nurses and governesses. Now men began doing business only with other men. With the wife not contributing economically to the family finances, there was a definite lessening of her status within society. Middle class women were encouraged to be only dabblers in education and to pursue cultural endeavors of drawing, painting, singing or playing the piano" meaning that the wife's weren't really involved with their husbands actions, they were to stay at home and take care of the children or learn how to be the entertainment.

For the women who wanted jobs it was difficult to find it with very poor education. The website http://logicmgmt.com/1876/overview/victorian_woman/victorian_woman_employment.htm says "With the increasing number of women seeking to enter the workforce, there was stiff competition due to the number of jobs that were available. The aim of the feminist groups was to increase the number of jobs women could hold with job training and education. While the jobs actually created were minimal, it was the attitudes that were beginning to change relative to the dignity and satisfaction that paid employment offered." it was sort of like a competition for the women when it came to looking for a job. The women who had poor education had a 90% chance that they wouldn't get the job.

In conclusion women were underestimated by men for worth ethics, knowledge and marriage. Therefore the Victorian women did nott have the rights that they deserved.


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