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Victorian Women's Role In Society

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Women's role in society The Victorian era seems like another world to us. Yet the late Victorians were very familiar with many of the things we use everyday. The one thing that was different was the place of women in society. There were of course perceptive women of independent original thought, but for the huge majority life was easier if they accepted that a woman's place was in the home. The status of Women in the Victorian Era is often seen as an illustration of the striking difference between England's national power and wealth and what many, then and now, consider its appalling social conditions. ...read more.


In addition to being able to sing, play an instrument and speak a little French or Italian, the qualities a young Victorian gentlewoman needed, were to be innocent, virtuous, obedient, dutiful and be ignorant of intellectual opinion. Large numbers of working class women worked in factories, in the garment industry or in laundries. From the mid-1850s nursing became a respectable occupation for women. Large numbers of women worked as nurses in the American Civil War, and in England nursing schools were started to give women a proper training. ...read more.


Though it wasn't until the 20th century that they gained full acceptance by the universities. Despite the fact Britain's head of state was a woman, Queen Victoria, women could not vote. Many women did not consider the vote to be of much importance anyway, and some women were opposed to the idea of women getting involved in politics, they thought women would be better occupied concentrating on improving the lives of other women and children though working to improve healthcare, education, and social services. ...read more.

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