Working Women

Service at work


In our times many people unfortunately think that women in the 16th and 17th centuries where meek and submissive. But that is not the case they were strong minded and many were probably capable of accomplishing men's jobs, although the traditions and ideas of the time impeded women to work. Most were housewives, most farms couldn't be successful without the wife,


In the 16th century women were not allowed to have professions and their employment was inferior and low paid. Women were allowed to work spinning cloth as tailors, shoemakers, dyers and washerwomen. Women would also work in food preparation as brewers and bakers or they would sell foodstuff on the streets. Women were allowed to join guilds the law the Statue of Artificers made it illegal to employ man or women in trade unless they had a seven year apprenticeship but for women this law was not often enforced males would employ their wives or daughters in their workshop
Most of the women were house wife's and this kept them very 's busy. The men would not be able to their farms without the wife help. Their jobs were to bake and brew the bread, brew the beer, salting meat, milking cows, wash clothes clean the house. Women also had to have some knowledge about medicine to be able to treat her family illness if they didn’t they would go to a wise women because only the rich could afford a doctor