As will be discussed, becoming a domestic servant in the nineteenth century witnessed a dramatic change in viewpoint from the previous century, as the role was no longer considered a calling from God . During this period, writers who produced household manuals to be used as a guidebook within a household, such as Isabella Beeton, also became a popular resource for servants lucky enough to have been employed to serve in a servants position within a household. These household manuals have helped to reveal that the job of being a maid of all work was a labour intensive job which was only made more complex by ensuring that her duties were completed in a way that was least disruptive to her employers, meaning she must be unobserved in her work. According to Heycks’ text The People of the British Isles 1699-1870, “the demand for servants generated by the middle class, was a rapidly growing industry, the second lar... ... middle of paper ... ...yearly Sum, and from one Day to one Year. The Whole containing great Variety of curious, useful, instructive, and important Articles, for the Use and Benefit of Servants in general, never before published.
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Women’s roles were traditionally limited to nursing and teaching while today women are tackling roles in places society never expected women to, like the boardroom. Women were once viewed as too sensitive to succeed in business and now they have proven that they possess what it takes in order to not just succeed but surpass the roles that were only thought to be best occupied by men (Women in the Workplace). Women have come a long way from being only housewives never able to work outside of the house to becoming very influential CEOs and heads of large corporations. Women have made a major impact on today’s society due to their aspiration on becoming more than the traditional housewife. Today, women are flooding the workplace in large numbers and taking a sledgehammer to the stereotype that women only belong in the home.
They have , however, been looked at as less than men in many cases. Particularly in Victorian era Britain women have had a hard time. They were placed in mostly domestic roles and that was not always what they wanted. Many women of the time didn’t get the opportunity nor choice to further their education past what now would be considered grade school or middle school. They were taught how to be good wives and mothers and to look for a good husband that would take care of them and their children.They weren 't very happy in these roles because they many times felt as if they prisoners in their homes after having children and having to care/look after them.
The women had many jobs as they were nearly always inside the house, sometimes some women were so hidden within their houses that they were not known to exist. Spinning was one of the wife's main duties as all the cloth in the ancient world was hand-made, therefore making it expensive. If a local man went down to the market to buy a toga or some sort of cloth, it would be very expensive. For that reason, it was much more economical to make your own. We can be sure that women did this kind of job as we have evidence, these being vases.
The Gentleman’s Daughter: Women’s Lives in Georgian England. New Haven, CT. Yale University Press, 1998) Socia1 C1ass Mobility In some places, once you were part of a social class, you had to stay in it. You could not marry into another class; work with the other classes, or even associate with the other classes. We@1th, education, ethnicit... ... middle of paper ... ...here was a huge social gap between them, and their marriage upset quite a few people in the upper class. The upper classes made it seem like Elizabeth was unsuitable for Darcy, even though she was quite intelligent.
Back in the 1950’s men and women were expected to do a certain job and have certain duties they had to fulfill. Those duties were men going to work and earning money for the family and women staying at home caring for the house. As this was going on women were trying to fight for their equal rights and their rights to join the workforce. Now in the 21’st century women are seen as more equal and they’re all over the workforce. Women can be seen bringing all the money to the house while the husband stays at home cleaning and caring for the house.
A lot of the time when most household tasks are completed by the female in the relationship, they cannot pursue the same career opportunities as their male partner who has more time to invest in his job (ONE). When comparing the equality of household tasks amongst different countries, it was observed that in countries where women have more political power and a greater labor force the men performed a larger portion of the housework. Comparatively, in countries that have promoted equality amongst genders, the female partner is more aware of the unfairness that could occur in the home and believe that they are experiencing less equality. In countries that do not promote gender equality, the women are less likely to notice the unfair division of labor in their home (THREE). Also, in societies that promote gender equality, the women can use characteristics such as income, and job position to negotiate equality in the household labor (ONE).