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How did the role of women begin change after the Victorian era?

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How did the role of women change? In Victorian times there was a different view on women. They were thought to be less intelligent than men and basically it was believed that they had a different nature. Their role was to find a partner and then reproduce. Their place was then at home where they had to care for the children and their husband. By the early twentieth century, however, this view gradually started to change. This change took place for a variety of reasons. Firstly the Victorian view had been based on class. Rich, wealthy women were seen as angels of the home. Therefore they had a more important role than the 600.000 working-class women, and the 1.6 million female domestic servants. ...read more.


Girls received much less education from the State however the number of female graduates was increasing. Women started to demand equality and the best way in which this could be achieved was through vote. At that time no woman was able to vote. This caused the set of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, in 1897, and the Women's Social and Political Union in 1903. The aim of these was to win more rights and add importance and respect to the image of a woman. The more 'militant' suffragettes courted, used vandalism and went on hunger strikes to win great publicity. However, some politicians saw them as being excessively violent, reason for which, they should be left out of the political aspect of the country. ...read more.


therefore also helped in the war effort. The number of paid women worked rose rapidly thanks to the start of the war and they became involved in a larger variety of both unskilled and skilled jobs. Yet, the old view still persisted in a way. Women were underestimated, for example, the work done by one man was now assigned to 22 women! Also women received two-thirds of men's wages even though they worked in the same way. Additionally with the end of the war, many men returned and expected to go back to their pre-war job. So, many women had to leave their jobs to returning soldiers. However, the war did win women over thirty the vote which was a great achievement. The war had effects on the psychology of women. It changed the traditional view although it cannot be really considered a revolutionary turning point. ...read more.

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