Gender Roles during the Elizabethan Era

Roles of men and women in society

In the Elizabethan society, men and women had many differences. There were clear expectations for the roles of women and men. The role of women was to raise the children, keep the house clean, have food on the table, and reproduction. Very few women went to school. Women didn't have as many rights as men did. The main role of men was to hunt, be the keeper of their families, and work.

(Cooper, Tarnya. “Darnley Portrait.” London, 31 Aug. 2008.)

Who was expected to look after women & why did the Elizabethans feel that this needed to be done

Men were always leaders, and it was known for women to be the ¨weaker sex¨. So the men were expected to look after the women. If a women were married, it would be her husband who would look after her. If a women was not married, it would be her father or brother to look after her.

Unknown Artist - Sir Reginald And Lady Mohun, c.1603

Types of jobs women could and couldn't have

Women do not have a lot of rights, and weren't allowed to do many things. Women who had a job, were allowed to be a author, sewer, servant, teach their own kids, courtiers and a few other things. Women could not be a lawyer, a doctor, a priest, teach other kids, act on stage, and many more things.

Sailing ship at dock. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.

Rights that women in Elizabethan England did not have that women in America do have today

Women were in a lot of ways controlled by men. They could not do any job that they want, vote, they couldn't divorce, or get an education at a school. Today women have many more rights and freedom. Women can have any job they wish, they can vote, divorce their husbands and go to school and college and get an education.

Citations

Cooper, Tarnya. “Darnley Portrait.” London, 31 Aug. 2008.

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Sailing ship at dock. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.

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Unknown Artist - Sir Reginald And Lady Mohun, c.1603

Queen Elizabeth I. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.

quest.eb.com/search/139_1909740/1/139_1909740/cite. Accessed 7 Mar 2017.

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