The status of women
in the Victorian era
is often seen as an illustration of the striking discrepancy between the United Kingdom
's national power and wealth and what many, then and now, consider its appalling social conditions. During the era symbolized by the reign of British monarch Queen Victoria
, women did not have suffrage rights, the right to sue, or the right to own property.
Discrimination was rampant surrounding the idealistic impression that aristocratic women should be "pure" and "clean." This paradoxical form of repression used positive words to restrict upper-class Victorean-era women from becoming "dirty" with the jobs that would have provided them with economical freedom and the lifestyles that would have provided them with social freedom. It was sometimes even claimed that "decent" women were untroubled by sexual pleasure.
In stark contrast to Queen Victoria
, the powerful female monarch of the time, the duties of the average upper-class woman were to maintain children and the house. Upper-class professional women faced great discrimination in employment beyond the role of children's teacher.
Restrictions on women's rights in the UK
Limited rights of married women
The law regarded a married couple as one person. The husband wasresponsible for his wife and bound by law to protect her. The law expected her to defer to his judgement.Women lost the rights to the property they brought into the marriage, even following... Read More