Women's Role Of Women In The Italian Renaissance

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To be a woman in Renaissance Italy, was to be someone with limitations. Limitations to

what was acceptable in their world. Woman were pressured to be wives and mothers before any

other obligation. On top of those expectations, women were expected to maintain the idealistic

image of beauty. Meaning they had to dress and look a certain way to be accepted and placed

higher socially, within society.

The Italian Renaissance followed on the heels of the Middle Ages, and was spawned by

the birth of the philosophy of humanism, which emphasized the importance of individual

achievement in a wide range of fields, men and women. A woman in during the Italian

Renaissance was presumed with this idealistic motherhood representation formed by society.

Gender roles were a large factor that determined what a woman can and can’t do. Males were

expected to go out of the home, work and make a living to support the family. While the wife

stays home with the children to raise them, clean, and cook for them. Women of the Renaissance,

like women of the Middle Ages, were denied all political rights and considered legally subject to

their husbands. Women of all classes were expected to perform, first and foremost, the duties of


There were a few woman who broke away from the norm, refusing to follow the path

other’s had chosen. This was rare, because although woman had to follow a certain amount of

rules, they had a well-built life. They had a husband and
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