Roles of women


Stay at home women

married women were generally expected to work at home with her family. Middle and upper class women mostly took time for church and charity work. Women that where not married mostly worked outside of home.

Working women

Before electricity, water and indoor plumbing women spent long hard hours making food, rising children, making and mending clothing and doing laundry.

A majority of women in paid employment worked in domestic service, also known as homes of the well-to-do. Other women worked in factories and mills. Working, people had set hours on there job and personal freedom, doing so they could live alone

Womens rights

December 1893 women started to explore new worlds into working

In 1839, a law was passed which stated that if a marriage broke down and the parents separated, children under seven years of age should stay with their mother.

In 1857, women could divorce husbands who were cruel to them or husbands who had left them.

In 1870, women were allowed to keep money they had earned.

In 1891, women could not be forced to live with husbands unless they wished to.

Susan B. Anthony, 1820-1906

Perhaps the most well-known women’s rights activist in history, Susan B. Anothony was born on February 15, 1820, to a Quaker family in the northwestern corner of massachusetts. Anthony was raised to be independent and outspoken: Her parents, like many Quakers, believed that men and women should study, live and work as equals and should commit themselves equally to the eradication of cruelty and injustice in the world.
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