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Women of the Late 19th Century

Women of the Late 19th Century

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AndrewWebbWomen in the late nineteenth century were expected to behave politely inthe presence of others. Women were expected to get married at a very young age.Many women of the time period were very unhappy about how they were treated.Some even turned to writing as a source of release from the hold their husbandshad on them. Women’s opinion inside the marriage did not matter very much.After Women got married a lot was expected from them. They were expectedto have multiple children. They also had to take care of the house and have dinnerready by the time the husband got home. They were also expected to be obedientto her husband’s commands. Marriage at that time was more about marrying into awealthy family and not about love. Women were expected to stay married to theirhusband until the day he died, divorce was very seldom. Women were very upsetabout the way they were treated because of their gender.Women all across the nation did not like the way they were being treated.Some women were so miserable that they were happy to hear about theirhusband’s death. That meant that they would be able to make their own decisionsand think for themselves. Women were getting so tired of being treated badly theydid something about it. In 1848, the first women’s rights convention was held inNew York. There were a lot of female authors who wrote about the treatment of women and what it would be like to be free of their husbands.Kate Chopin is a great example of an author who wasn’t afraid to write whatno one else would write. She wrote,
“The Story of an Hour” 
in which Mrs. Mallard, amarried women, thought her husband was dead and was happy, but later she finds

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