Women During The Nineteenth Century

1562 WordsJan 16, 20157 Pages
Women both in Europe and America during the nineteenth century were living in a society that was characterised by gender inequality (Wwnorton.com, 2015). In the early periods of the century, women were expected to remain passive and subservient to the male counterparts. They were denied many of the legal, social, or even political rights, which in the modern world we consider as a right (Wwnorton.com, 2015). Thus, generally speaking women who belonged to the middle and upper classes remained home; they were expected to care for their children and run the household. In contrast, lower class women worked more frequently and so had other roles to play in society, which was outside the home. However they were likely to be poorly paid servants or labourers (Wwnorton.com, 2015), due to the fact that they were denied any access to education and so therefore did not acquire skills that would equip them with skills that would enable them to fulfil more important roles. Due to the presence of a patriarchal society, there was often a dismissive attitude regarding the intellectual abilities of women. For that reason there were very few published female authors, however, in the nineteenth century this number increased significantly in comparison to the preceding centuries. Despite this many female authors such as the Bronte sisters decided to publish their works using male pseudonyms. However, the critical reception, which was received by female authors, was more negative then of a
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