Victorian Age

1837-1901

Science/Technology and Women

Science and Technology

  • The Victorian Era was a time of inventing.
  • Transportation: bicycle and automobile.
  • Communication: Morse code, Telegraph, Telephone, and Typewriter. In 1837, Morse code and the telegraph were invented by Samuel F.B Morse.
  • Diseases: Cholera, Malaria, and Tuberculosis. In 1854, John Snow discovered Cholera that was spread through water not air. Tuberculosis was found by Robert Koch in 1882 along with the cause of malaria in 1896 found by Ronald Ross.
  • Major inventions: X-ray and sewage systems. The x-ray was invented in 1896.
  • Homes were improved because of sewage systems.

Women

  • A woman's main role in life was to get married, have a large family, and take care of things at home.
  • They were expected to have many qualities such as, being able to sing, play an instrument, speak a little French or Italian, be innocent, obedient, dutiful, and ignorant of intellectual opinion.
  • Married Women's Property Act of 1887 allowed them to own property.
  • Judged by society, all Victorian women were expected to be weak, helpless, fragile, and incapable of making decisions.
  • Women were expected to be faithful even if their husband wasn't. If a woman separated from her husband she was not allowed to see her children and she would not be accepted in society.
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