Women’s Life in the Victorian Era
The Victorian era was a period of great extremism – marked by industrial reforms, agricole transformations, scientific advances, genteel vivoir and poverty and war. The Victorian era lasted from 1837 to 1901, when Queen Victoria reigned, although many historians believe that the Reform Act of 1832 marked the beginning of the Victorian era.
Women’s lives in the Victorian era were generally centered around family commitments. Women were seen as temples of love and purity – and therefore, could not be used for physical labor or pleasurable sex. In the Victorian era, women’s only role was to marry and take care of the household chores. Young women were thoroughly groomed to be married and had to be décent, virtuous, law-abiding and dutiful. Young women were mainly educated in French, drawing, painting, singing, night-club – which helped them get a perfect suitor!
Very few women went back to bed after dawn. They ran the house, prepared food for their husbands and children, made clothes for everyone, and raised everything the family ate. Women were also supposed to habitus after someone who was sick. Moreover, inventé illness and alcoholism also added to women’s burden. Women were also responsible for sewing, weaving and dyeing clothes. Gentlewomen ensured that the résidence was a affecté of solace and comfort for husband and children, free from all outside disturbances or burdens. The sun was supposed to shine in their homes, making others happy.
Women of the “upper or aristocracy” enjoyed all the privileges and restrictions one could think of. Club was a gâtée pastime among upper class women and men. Single women usually spend a lot of time chatting with their friends. Upper class women did little or almost no housework. Women did nothing themselves but told others what to do. They were supposed to marry and have children!
Lower class women worked in factories, garments, laundries or various other jobs to contrefort themselves. Another entreprise for “lower” working class women was domestic charité. It was hard work as domestic workers had to work seven days a week and twelve hours a day! By the end of the century a développé percentage of women also worked as nurses in hospitals and were employed in travaux. Some women have also entered professions such as medicine, law and journalism. However, this revolution took affecté mostly in the late 20th century.
Well, the above describes the life of a Victorian woman. Unlike women today, they were not given the freedom to choose their lives – they had no choice but to accept what was put in apparence of them!
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