The Life of Women in the Victorian Age Essay

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Women, although many a times not as powerful as men physically have long been a strong force in society, especially in the Victorian Age, where they had obvious contributions in ways that have seen positive effects to this present day. Prominent, among many other successful women of the Victorian age who departed from their usual roles assigned in the hierarchy of society were Florence Nightingale, Madam Curie and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The Victorian age is seen as a period of questioning of a woman’s traditional role in society as established by nature and religious tradition. These questions and striving for more independent roles in society from the norm led to the arrival of a much - debated phenomenon called the “New Women” (Besant …show more content…
These women were many a times seen as un-virtuous or ungodly women, who were going against the law of nature or the established compartment of duties created for man and women that God conveyed through religion. One such woman was Florence nightingale, who rebelled against the customary roles that she was to follow and left home to embark on a self journey to contribute to society by the use of her skills and talent. Florence, like other young women in the Victorian age saw family life as “intolerably pointless” as they were not allowed to do much but to only devote their lives as a caretaker of the family (“Women Question” 1582). Often these displays of boldness and rebellion of women from their assigned custom roles led to much criticism. Florence Nightingale helped society by rebelling and leaving her traditional ways and becoming a prominent nurse and a pioneer in the field of nursing.
A women’s life during the Victorian age was rather a dreadful one, as they were to abide by the customary roles and had “few sanctioned opportunities for interesting and challenging work, and little support or encouragement for serious study or artistic endeavor” (“Woman Question” 1582). Women were considered according to the characteristics of their sex, as “weaker than man, unworldliness, submissive and understanding”, these characteristics