Family Life: the role of men, women, and children By: Jason Doran & Clarissa Smith


The dresses that the boys wore were called doublets

The poor divided into three groups. The first group, the Helpless Poor included the old, sick, the disabled the children of Elizabethan England.

The children in this social class were given apprenticeships, often paid for the by church. Richer families did not bother to get apprenticeships

Children were not given names until they were baptized or christened

Because the death rate was high children were usually baptized or christened the first two or three weeks of their lives

They were also not given names until they were baptized or christened

Boys were often apprenticed until they reached age 24. If girls were lucky enough to get and apprenticeship they would work with the mistress until age 21

The eldest would inherit everything. The families land and even the debts. Even if the oldest child is a girl, the boys would always inherit the land

If the family could afford it the children would go to school. The noble children were home schooled and got their own tutors


Women were tutored at home.

women could not be heirs to their father's titles ( except female royals)

women could not become Doctors or Lawyers

there were no schools for girls

women did not have the vote and were not allowed to enter politics

women were not allowed to act in the theatres


Men were often found playing female characters in played as this was a big part of literature and culture.

Men always designated the land they owned

Men had more of a part in society

Full manhood was between age 35–50

In many of Shakespeare's plays men fought to defend their manhood

After that old age brought down your social class.

Men could have a political viewpoint

When boys received their frist pair of breeches there was a party

This what considered a step towards manhood

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