Women’s Rights In The Late 1800’s

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Women’s rights in the late 1800’s
A Doll House gives us a true insight into the roles for men and women during the late 1800’s. This is why the play has been said to be able to take place in any and all suburbs. At this point in history, the roles of gender were mainly consistent across the world. Men vs. women in economics, social status, gender rights, marriage and divorce, and occupation can best describe this.
During the late 1800’s women had no economic rights once they were married. Honestly they had little before they were married as well. All of their property before marriage automatically became their husbands when they got married. All of their money, furniture, anything they ...view middle of the document...

The men were considered the breadwinners. The men would go out, make all the money, and work a full day’s work while the women stayed at home. The men had all the decision making power when it came to buying, investing, and spending of money. The only time a woman has to make any of these decisions is either there husband let them or their husband died. Widowed women had rights to do some things a man could do because typically they because they had to provide as a man would for her family. Even then they are not treated the same as a man. It was a man economic world.
Women’s social role during the late 1800’s was to take care of the children and the house. Women were like dolls and did not have any real thoughts of their own according to society. The women were supposed to be submissive to their dominate husbands. If the man’s status were a higher class then the women would have help in the form of house cleaner and servants. All she then had to do was be carefree. Women and men did not sit down and have conversations to work out any issues. Women were to idolize their husbands and be happy all the time. Women were possessions to men. Men were in search for a trophy wife someone they could take to parties and show off. This is shown by Torvald saying “Is that my little squirrel bustling around?” He refers to her as a squirrel she should not have a worry in the world he basically placates her. You can also tell this by the way Nora and Torvald discuss her not being able to eat macaroons. He is controlling and Nora is a piece of property. Torvald said “I wouldn’t be a man if this womanly helplessness didn’t make you twice as attractive to me. That is truly demeaning to women everywhere. This is also shown by Torvald wanting Nora to dance at the party. Men’s social status was to be in control. They were the all-knowing and the problem solvers. The weight of all the issues was on them. They were meant to supply everything needed for their family. Men social status depended on themselves. A women social status depended on their husband.
Women property act in 1870 fought to let married women have the right to own property. Also the right to legally be a person. Before this act as stated earlier when a women got married anything she owned became her husbands. In addition, she disappeared her husband had all the control and say so. She had no say or position as far as the law could see. With this anything her husband wanted to do with her previous property, he could without any permission from her. Also before this act, anything that was left to a woman automatically became property of her husband. In the case that a husband would die unless he left the property to her she did not get it back either. This act did not reverse any previous property exchanges but affected all...

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