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18th and 19th Century Attitudes Towards Women.

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18th and 19th Century Attitudes Towards Women. Sam Miranda S5A 2) From the author of both sources we can immediately gather that they both relate to middle-class women. Working class women were on the whole illiterate, as they were offered no education, so therefore would not be purchasing, 'The Magazine of Domestic Economy'. For Florence Nightingale to be able to write diaries, this demanded a middle-class upbringing. With the ability of hindsight, we know that Florence Nightingale was a very unusual woman, as the, 'Lady with the Lamp' tendered to many injured soldiers in the Crimean war. Despite experiencing the nurturing into being the 'typical woman', such as attending tea parties and presenting yourself respectably as a lady, she seems bored by this monotonous routine, as suggested when she finishes her entry with the sentence, "And that is all." This clearly suggests an element of tediousness. Relating to the question, Florence seems dejected regarding her position in society, and we assume she wants to defy this dull routine. Indeed she does in her later life, however she is extraordinary in her choice to pursue that sort of career. Most children at that age were content in their place in society, and as ladies, were pleased to be pampered. ...read more.


He believes the mother should offer caring and emotional support to the child, and employment would make the two detached. Incidentally, F.Engels is hypocritical, because even though he supports communism which functions round equality, we learn of how only the male should pursue a career. Source G is concentrating on a social difficulty occurring if the female fails to acknowledge her duties. If she refuses to tender to the house, such as, 'letting the fires go out,' then the man will go astray and discover 'gin-shops where all is clean and bright'. Source G implies the women's job is to make the man as content as possible in his leisure time, and make he house as respectable as possible. In a video we watched, we saw how a working class woman was so defensive and proud of her home. Source G is more specific and chatty in its tone, as the account, from a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, gives examples of what can go wrong if a woman abuses her duties, 'I could reckon up nine men I know, who have been driven to the public house by having wives who worked in factories.' ...read more.


This again deprives the source of substantial accuracy. However, the source goes on to mention that several men have wives who do indeed work in the factories, 'I could reckon up nice men I know, who have been driven to the public house by having wives who worked in factories...' Reading between the lines we can conclude that a small minority of women were unhappy with their role of housekeeping, and were intent on supporting the family financially. But the source does little to develop the attitudes of working class women towards their position, and continues to describe the effects it has on the husband. What both sources do is give valid reasons as to why working class did remain at home, but fail to delve deeper into their emotions regarding the matter. With hindsight we know that working class women were in many cases made to stay at home and tender for the house and family, due to nurturing from parents and lack of places in factory labour. There was the growing few who sought employment, but these sources deal more with the consequences of such events rather than focusing on attitudes towards their own position. ...read more.

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