Victorian Women: Daily Life Corinne McClenahan and My Lynn Nguyen Engl 273 Introduction • Around 1848 women in Victorian England were different throughout the various classes. Society and the economy had a great deal to do with how they dressed, behaved, and the present conceptions of Victorian women • Many women supported themselves and their family with paying jobs, as well as already having the domestic life to return to. • “Sexuality, intellect, and personal satisfaction were not emphasized.” (Beeton) • “Feminine happiness was the result of faithful execution of domestic duties, making the good bourgeois wife an angel of the house.” (Beeton) http://www.bbc.co.uk/staticarchive/efae17089cf8b12fa582a201 Choose a class Underclass Middle Upper class working http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/dore/5a.jpg http://www.rarebookschool.org/2005/exhibitions/eyreapparent/img/charlotte_big.jpg http://www.fashion-era.com/images/Victorians/1895tailmarb.jpg UNDERCLASS/LOWERCLASS Lower than the lowest workers, many women resorted to prostitution to take care of themselves and their children. The struggling economy and low job availability left unskilled women to face poverty, illness, and disease on the streets, many of who were elderly as well. http://aljwhite.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/prostitute20.gif • seamstresses, mill workers • -working on the farm, factories, and mines • -wash clothing for upper classes and are servants • -some would prepare and sell fish or make or repair nets http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_iP2BwIvsRA/S8kuTbdxxdI/AAAAAAAABtY/XKpsBN3njU0/s400/vintage-woman-s MIDDLE Around the 1840’s women were becoming more and more responsible for themselves and their family. As a result, they began holding occupations including: tradeswomen, attorneys, hoteliers engineers, teachers (school mistresses, governesses). Female writers such as Charlotte Bronte challenged impressions of what is appropriate behavior for women, through creating a prominent heroine character in Jane Eyre (1847) https://encryptedtbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQMFABVsPkVQ47 3Rhmg_adk_6EjbyvXXhdIAumi4lOiPaXlnN8 http://19thcenturyhistorian.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/image142.gif Victorian kitchen." Photos/Illustrations. “Our Life in a Flat,” in Hellis, Nellie. The Girl's Own Paper February 28, 1885. Daily Life through History. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 2 Dec. 2014. “Needlework and teaching were seen as ‘natural’ professions for women at this time”. (VictorianWeb) UPPER CLASS • The Uplands and The Lawn - Exclusively for wealthy women, lived in these houses that overlooked the sea and gardens - if a woman had a good education then she might become a governess (a woman employed to teach children in a private http://www.victorianweb.org/gender/wojtczak/pics/lawnthe.jpg household.) http://www.victorianweb.org/gender/wojtczak/pics/archers.jpg if she was born into a wealthy family, then her family would set her up with a school or small business Women of this class usually associated with others of their class. Princess Victoria http://www.victorianweb.org/gender/wojtczak/pics/victoria.jpg http://www.victorianweb.org/gender/wojtczak/pics/1863.jpg http://www.fashion-era.com/images/Victorians/confmarb415x20.jpg Woman and daughter dusting parlor." Photos/Illustrations. Library of Congress. Daily Life through History. ABC-CLIO,2014. Web. 2 Dec. 2014. A fashionable lady in dress and undress" ( 1807)." Daily Life through History. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 2 Dec. 2014. Thank you http://womanandhersphere.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/club-picture.jpg Work Cited "Aspects of the Changing Status of New England Women 17901840." Teach US History |. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2014. "Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History." American Scenes of Everyday Life, 1840 1910. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2014. "Jane Eyre and the 19th Century Woman." The British Library. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2014. "Victorian Occupations: Life and Labor in the Victorian Period." Victorian Occupations: Life and Labor in the Victorian Period. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2014. "Miscellaneous Women's Occupations in Hastings, 1850s1870s." Miscellaneous Women's Occupations in Hastings, 1850s1870s. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2014.