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Women's History
Women's Roles in the Family

Women's History
Women's History


Women's Roles in the Family
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.11

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    economic, helping, mid-1800s, inherit, divorce, provided, overseas, childcare, based, public, gain, trade, member, livestock, colonial, improve
     content words:    Under English, World War II, United States


Women's Roles in the Family
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     In colonial times, families were large, and every member of the family had an important role in helping to provide everything that the family needed. The men hunted and farmed and maybe worked at a trade. The women cared for the children, cared for the garden, and made candles, soap, and other necessities. They also cared for the livestock, cleaned and spun wool for clothing, and made medicines for the family.
 
2     There were some added hardships for women who lived in America at that time. Women had very few rights related to either their family or their property. In the eyes of the law, women were almost invisible. They had no legal rights. Women could not own or inherit property. Once a woman married, she had even fewer rights. Married women could not sign contracts; their money was not even their own. They could not sue for divorce, and if their husband divorced them, women usually lost their children. Women and children were treated like property that belonged to the husband. Women were not even expected to speak up in public; usually their husband spoke for them.
 
3     This was the law at the time, because laws in the American colonies were usually based on what the colonists had been accustomed to back in England -- English common law. Under English common law, a woman was not viewed as a person with separate rights either.

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