The rules for women were so strict it’s like she had to be a slave to her husband. “They had to obey men, because in most cases men held all the resources and wom... ... middle of paper ... ...y, inquisitive mind would have been able to further her education independently through reading” (Austen). In the 1800s unmarried women were school teachers because they weren’t in a marriage were they had to be a house wife. Typically, women were not allowed to be educated or gain knowledge outside of the home because it was a man’s world. The roles woman played in the book “Pride and Prejudice” and in the early 1800s was important in a marriage because the women did everything.
During the 1800s, society believed there to be a defined difference in character among men and women. Women were viewed simply as passive wives and mothers, while men were viewed as individuals with many different roles and opportunities. For women, education was not expected past a certain point, and those who pushed the limits were looked down on for their ambition. Marriage was an absolute necessity, and a career that surpassed any duties as housewife was practically unheard of. Jane Austen, a female author of the time, lived and wrote within this particular period.
As previously stated, Austen was a keen observer of the society she lived in, this fact is prominent in everything she writes, she once said in a letter to her niece, “Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony” (Letters). This topic is addressed in Pride and Prejudice with the marriage between Charlotte and Mr. Collins. Mr. Collins was not by any standards a good man, “...conceited, pompous, narrow-minded, silly man” (Austen 122). But, as it happened Charlotte had to marry him because of societal standards, she could not refuse because her family was not very wealthy and she was leaving the age of high marriage potential, this was Charlotte’s only option.
Women in general, were forced to marry a man that the father saw fit to the daughter but this sometimes brought years of abuse and cruelty to the women. Women were forced to not just to bear children and teach the boys education but were to just plain out do nothing because men thought women
As you can tell women had a hard life. Romantic Love in the Middle Ages was not as important in todays society. Marriage was always arranged by the females parents whether they were Nobles or Peasants. Marriage ceremonies depended on the wealth of the bride and the groom. Although many women got pregnant during their time married, having babies was dangerous because some people were poor therefore they couldn't afford childcare.
The Female Struggle to Fit into Society in Little Women The Victorian Era hailed many prolific authors, which were mostly male. A woman who wanted to be a writer at this time was not respected and would have been accused of being whimsical and flighty. However, women such as Louisa May Alcott redefined the norms and followed her heart with her pen by writing Little Women. The novel follows the lives of the four March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March – detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood trying to find their place in society. Even though so much has changed in the last fifty years, gender roles still take a huge toll in society.
One long term reason for women not gaining the vote was the Victorian Ideal. A wife had to do everything that was told by her husband who was her protector and advisor. Women were expected to be the ‘perfect being’, which meant that women were supposed to be beautiful, intelligent and loving, but according to men, they were unable to handle political issues. Men also thought that women were too emotional, couldn’t make decisions and looked after the family but weren’t the boss like the men were. Another long term reason of why women didn’t gain the vote was the attitudes of women.
Women during 1921-1940 had virtually no equality in society. They had a very stereotypical lifestyle, and were seen as “property of men” who “had to take care of the house and kids” (Gender Roles, 1). The mother is seen as a frail person struggling to keep up with the pressures of being a single-parent. Also, society during this time presented equality barriers, which means she would be mistreated and paid differently than men, making her life harder (Societal Roles, 1). Due to the males being paid more than females for the same work, women had to work much harder until about 1950 when major changes in society began (Societal Roles, 1).
The Development of Women's Campaign for Suffrage Before 1870 a majority of women in Britain were reliant on their nearest male relative for their means of livelihood. Women on the whole were thought of as second class citizens. Women had a poor education and they could not aspire to professional jobs such as doctors or lawyers which as a result only menial and low jobs were available to them; thousands of women were exploited for example seamstresses, servants, governesses and prostitutes. Legally if women were married their earnings or any personal property belonged to their husbands. Women once married could not get a divorce even if their husband beat and raped them.
Overall, gender is very one sided and because of this causes a lot of problems for women. Marriage back in the 19th century was mainly for financial reasons. Love is the last thing even thought about before getting married. This is because women were dependent on a husband to provide for them since they could not go out and get themselves a job. One prime example of this is through Charlotte and when the narrator states, “Marriage had always been her object; it was the only provision for well-educated young women of small fortune.” (Austen 149).