Women in 17th Century

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Women’s social, political and economic roles in the 17th Century The women in the seventeenth century were faced with expressing themselves in a male-controlled system where the importance of women’s views was not an issue. Cultural and political events during the seventeenth century had better attention to women's issues such as education improvement, and by the end of the eighteenth century, women were progressively able to speak out against injustices. There wasn’t a big drastic change in the seventeenth century in the status or conditions of women. The women continued to play a significant role in economic and political structures through their mainly local activities. The women often acted as counselors in the home, soothing their husbands' words and actions. Even though, they were not directly involved in politics, women's roles within the family and local community allowed them to influence the political system. During the seventeenth century, women's writings continued to focus on mostly religious concerns, women found a creative and intelligent outlet which was private journal and letter writing. The women in the seventeenth-century role were to obey and to serve their husbands, raise their children, and work to maintain their households. The women did not have a voice on anything unless it was pertaining to family needs, and I feel that women should not be treated like someone that cannot express their opinion. In the seventeenth century the women could be married starting at the age of sixteen years old; nevertheless, the woman’s father had to choose whom she marries and she had to listen to her father’s regards about the marriage. Women back then were housewives they could not own property, but they had to make sure the one that their spouses owned were clean. Getting an education in the seventeenth century wasn’t a necessity the men felt as
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