Women During The 19th Century

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Back in the 19th century, women were nothing more than maids and caretakers. Breaking their limitations was not a factor in their everyday lives. However Dorothea Dix had other beliefs. She believed that women could do more if they were as independent as their opposite sex. She perceived the idea that women could do so much more than just cleaning and cooking. With her powerful beliefs as her shield, Dix battled in the path to improved institutions as a humanitarian. She explored and encountered all types of institutions of the insane. She exchanged her thoughts and beliefs with her peers. The fierce and famous nurse struggled so that troubled people could find peace.
In April 4, 1802, the reformer was born in Hampden, Maine. Her disregardful parents and her 3 other siblings trapped Dix inside her own home. Her parents were not the best caretakers so 12 year old Dix moved to Boston with her grandmother as her guardian. After living there for 2 years, she established schools for children in both Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts. In the years that followed, she developed terrible health conditions which disturbed her teaching schedule. Devastated, she shut down her schools for good. A few years later, Dix’s grandmother and mother died. As a result, she inherited a large sum of money for her grandmother, and traveled around “visiting friends and family members”.
In 1841, the young woman received her interest in reform for the mentally ill when she volunteered to teach…

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