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Describe the main problems facing women in the years 1860 - 1902

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Describe the main problems facing women in the years 1860 - 1902 The problems that faced women in this period were all due to a discriminatory attitude towards them, in all aspects of life. As children, females did not have access to a very good education, as the woman's place was in the home, with education reflecting this view. The main subjects that girls were taught were those on a domestic level. Before 1870 however, working class girls would be taught to work in factories or were taught in charity schools. It was only after 1870 that education became more like it is today, but the subjects taught were often needlework and cookery, effectively the girls were being taught to be the traditional wives. ...read more.

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Once married, women effectively became the property of their husbands, with a husband owning all his wife's money, (but also having to pay debts) if they were living together or not. Women could be locked up, beaten, and treated extremely harshly. Marital rape was legal, though 1884 brought an act, which meant that husbands could not lock up their wives if sex was refused. And it was acceptable for men to have sex with others whilst married; yet it was extremely wrong for a woman to do the same. So, for many women, married life could be extremely unpleasant. But even divorce law was biased against women. Before 1857 only four women ever managed to get divorced form their husbands. ...read more.

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Yet even the conservatives only let women play a part that was subordinate to the men. One of the reasons for this was the fact that politics was part of the public life, which only men were meant to be allowed into, due to their biological characteristics, i.e. because women could give birth they were meant to stay home and look after the children and the home, whilst men were adapted to be out working, or in this case in politics. So, in all, the problem that women faced was a severe inequality, treated as lower than males. This affected all aspects of life, making even general living conditions hard for them, as they were unable to live without the aid of a "better" male. Joe Hamblin ...read more.

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