The experiences that women underwent in colonial North America varied from one colony to the other. However, there were occurrences that were common in almost all the colonies. Women, especially of African-American heritage, engaged in economic activities, which consisted of mostly slavery oriented farming. These women worked alongside men in farms where sugarcane was grown. The women were not only readily available, but also came at a cheaper cost than their male counterparts. They mostly ended working in farms since they could not fit in skilled jobs such as blacksmithing and carpentry, which were left to male slaves (Irwin & Brooks, 2004). The trend continued uninterrupted until female slaves outnumbered their male counterp...
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...ced to engage in economic activities as slaves. They were expected to work alongside men and even sometimes take up tiresome tasks, which were initially meant for their male counterparts. The women worked without pay yet they were also expected to carry out domestic roles just like normal housewives like being good, obedient, and loyal to their husbands, besides doing their best to bring up responsible children.
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