How Did We Live? Women During The Colonial Period?

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How Did We Live? Women in the Colonial Period Similarly, to today, women were crucial in the Colonial Period, however, women were looked upon differently as they are today. In the 1600s and 1700s, women had many things happening around them, but for the most part they were kept busy at home, hidden from the world (Myers 1). Life in Colonial America was very difficult. The early women were expected to help the men in a variety of hard labor tasks in order to survive. As time passed, the lives of the colonial women took on the traditional roles of women (“History of the First 13 Colonies and Life in the Colonial Period” 1). First, I will discuss the role of the women in the Colonial Period. The tasks of the women included cooking, heating, lighting, housework, emptying chamber pots, making clothes, doing laundry, tending to the sick, childcare, and taking care of the livestock (“History of the First 13 Colonies and Life in the Colonial Period” 2). Women living in the country was expected to do their productive work inside the home, in most cases, it benefited the family and not the outside world. Women living in cities would be engaged in similar tasks, however, they have more opportunities, for example, hiring themselves into the community, which would serve as nurses or seamstresses. Some women prior to the 18th century served as midwives, which attended the births of children ("Female Roles" 4). While most women worked inside the home or alongside the male, some were

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