African Women During The 1800s

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From Rags to Riches: Womens Roles in the 1800s "No one can make you feel inferior without your own consent" Women most likely had this inspiring quote in mind during the 1800s. In this 19th century, you can see the changing roles and perspectives of women as they struggle to form their own identity. Women were supposed to be seen and not heard. They cared for the home, their husband, and their children. Anything outside of those 3 areas stumbled upon by women were frowned against. Such as politics, jobs, and education. They were supposed to always submit to the will of their husbands without regards to their own feelings or thoughts. If they did not, which they rarely did, men were allowed to beat their wives. Common law gave way to the 'Rule of Thumb ' that stated that it was a husband 's right to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb and was often done and was normal. They could be beaten as if they were children or animals, not a fellow peer. It is in this rule that clearly illustrates men 's superiority over women. Women were not equal and were thought of as less than, fragile and weak. They were property, just like the land. Women barely had any rights, and in the eyes of the dominant male figures, that is the way God intended it to be. Divorces were rarely executed and if they were, in some towns the women were cut off and shunned upon. They also couldn 't keep custody of their children if they got one. The idea of family was very important. In
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