The New England Women 's Gender Roles

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1.Historian Nancy Scott focuses on the New England women’s gender roles. A two-fold role, Domesticity and Feminism. A paradox in “progress” of women’s history in the United States of 1830’s. “New England women in 1835 endured subordination to men in marriage and society, profound disadvantage in education and in the economy, denial of access to official power in the churches that they populated, and virtual impotence in politics. A married woman had no legal existence apart from her husband’s”. Women had no voting and inheritance rights. Widows and single women with property had to submit to taxation without being represented. In economy they had second-class position. Those who worked earned one-fourth to one-half to men for comparable work. They were denied educational and financial opportunities. In 1830’s came a turning point for women’s economic, public activities and visible social participation. New Textile factories primarily hired women. Middle-class women participated for legislation to pass their rights to their property and earning’s. Growing literacy got women jobs as Teachers, Ladies magazines, Publication’s as Editors and women authors. The clergy focused, on women to rear next generation in piety. This social role raised more opportunities for women – in education, domestic influence, religious moralities and child nurture without contradictions to their family obligations. (Source-1). “In opening certain avenues to women because of their sex,

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