The Significance Of Women During Colonial America

1187 Words5 Pages
The Significance of Women During Colonial America Life during colonial America was bleak; in many colonies such as Jamestown or Plymouth, from fewer than 150 people, a new community an ocean away from their old homes had to be created. Factors like agriculture, shelter, and economy were no exception to the long list of necessary things that needed to be developed. At first, the colonial people continued to abide by the same customs that they had back in Europe. As time passed, though, they began to have a different approach. One of the norms in Europe was that women were to stay inside the house to attend to housework and to take care of their children. However, in colonial America, that wasn’t the only thing expected from women; the role of women changed drastically. Despite it being considered improper in Europe for women to work outdoors or tend to businesses like men, colonial women joined men outside with tasks ranging from agricultural duties to handling business affairs (Bjornlund 24). Consequently, colonial American women played a critical role in the success of their families and the American colonies, as well as America’s independence. Women, like the floors and walls of a…show more content…
Frank Leslie, who has a reputation as the “best newspaper man” in New York, colonial women had a huge impact on colonial America (Stuart 43-44). By completing household tasks, tending to business affairs, and involving themselves in the political events, they helped to support their families, the American colonies, as well as helped to contribute to America’s independence. Without women, life in the colonies would’ve been drastically, or even tragically, different. Without women, the hard work of the immigrants for setting up a community halfway around the globe would have gone to waste. Without women, America would not be the America we see
Get Access