Mizzou WGST 3570 - Making Wives and Mothers (7 pages)

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University of Missouri
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Wgst 3570 - European Women in the 19th Century

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Making Wives and Mothers 09 30 2014 In order for women to become wives and mothers they must be trained to do so Mary Wollstencraft In order to be good mothers they must be educated Education must go towards strengthening women s minds Nothing natural about 19th century men and women It s all o Science o Politics o Economics o Women in Household Political 09 30 2014 19th Century women Family o Social basis for political order o Nuclear family Integral part for capitalistic economy Provided unpaid labor Kept system afloat o Middle class family values influenced Autonomy Domesticity Decline in infant mortality Large families Children will make own living Marriage o Economic and social building block or family Men and women enter into society as adults Waited until you were established Men waited until he was financially stable to marry Middle class women had no choice o Problematic if you didn t marry o Remained subordinate daughters o Never gain adult status o Marriage is idealized Companionate marriage Do it out of love for successful marriage Not just a business partnership but bonding of souls This was why you couldn t have souls Once bonding made cannot be turned o Marriage legitimated men Women dependent on them o Characteristics of marriage Age of marriage went up Men waited until financially secure Men looked for younger women Women married in early to mid twenties Once married it became a training ground Family judged on contributions to middle class Not all women married Needed to have children Children made women women Larger the family meant very successful o Average of children went from 4 to 6 Women and Motherhood Women and pregnancy o Were pregnant most of marriage o Some died in childbirth o Wanted to control reproduction o Women claimed they loved their children Saw them twice a day Not into attachment parenting Raising children is now seen as a burden Women as mothers o Supposed to breastfeed Had to stop around youngest child due to health reasons o



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