Status of Women in Colonial Society Essay

1249 Words Feb 13th, 2016 5 Pages
Mariama Bessane
Professor Perine James
American History 1151- Essay #1
Jan 7th,2016
Status of Women in Colonial Society Women were always considered inferior to men since day one. That belief had been existing until the eighteen century. During that period, English Colonists brought to America their ideologies with them. Women did not have the same rights as men did during that time. Women were tied in a leash, kept in the dark, and controlled by society. Life wasn’t easy for them. They were not allowed to express their opinions, and if they did, they would be called wicked or evil and be negatively judged by society. During the colonial era, women played an important, if restricted role in work and religious life. During the
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In the eighteen century, labor was separated along gender lines. Women’s work usually involved activities in the household as society expected them to perform. Women who worked the land, woke up very early in the morning, prepared breakfast for the children, tended the garden, cooked lunch and dinner, and cleaned the kitchen. Before going to bed, they had to make sure that they fulfilled all of their obligations as a wife and as a mother. The workload didn’t get any easier for the women. Their duties also included washing and folding clothes, making candles and soaps, chopped woods, and mopped floors. Women worked hard, but never received salaries because society believed that it was their responsibility as a woman to do those types of work without getting paid. Women worked very hard during colonial times. They did not have a resting day. They had to work from sun up to sun down every single day. Men and women were expected to accomplish different, but complementary work role, even though women did as much physically difficult work as men, and frequently the same type of labor. For instance, working the farms is a male job, but women were also needed to work the lands because there were numerous

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