Women 's Roles During The Victorian Era

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Women’s Roles in the Victorian Era: The ideal woman in Victorian Times epitomized the good and virtuous woman whose live revolved around the domestic sphere of the family and home. She was pious, respectable and busy with no time for idle leisure. Her diligent and evident constant devotion to her husband, as well as to her God. She accepted her place in the sexual hierarchy. Her role was that of a domestic manager: wives and mothers. By the time that the industrial era was well under way in Britain, the ideology that committed the private sphere to the woman and the public sphere of business, commerce, and politics to the man had been widely dispersed. Women had to fight for an education equal to that of men, many struggled for suitable,…show more content…
With this pay, they lived in anguish earning barely enough to survive. In addition, factory times were inhuman, and accidents were frequent as were the inevitable. Physical deformities developed due to the unnatural position of the body and prolonged time in which they would stand, while the humidity caused delays in female development. Pregnant women worked up until the day they deliver and returned to their job as soon as they were physically able. In 1891, a law was established requiring women to take four weeks away from factory work after giving birth, but numerous women could not afford this unpaid leave, and the law was unenforceable. Since women 's economic conditions weren 't the best, prostitution was on the rise to make money. In 1864 to stop this trend, the government launched the "First Contagious Diseases Prevention Act." Women that were suspected of being unclean were subjected to a genital examination. The refusal was punishable by imprisonment. The degrading exams were inexpertly executed by male police, women could be suspected based on little to no evidence, and the exams were humiliating and painful. After two extensions of the law in 1869 and 1866, the unjust acts were finally repealed in 1886. Working-class women often had jobs to make ends meet and to ensure family income if a husband became sick, injured, or died. There was no
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