Women in Shakespear's Time

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Women in Shakespear's Time

Women's rightsWomen in shakespeare's time few legal rights at all. They had no right for voting very limited rights in getting an education,weren't allowed to attend a university, not allowed to become doctors or lawyers, couldn't attend the army/navy, couldn't act in theaters, or get any sort of job unlass they weren't married yet or decided not to marry.Education- If woman were in the lower class, which was most Elizabethan women, the only hope for education was to maybe pick up a few basic reading and writing skills from their brothers and father, who are the only people in the house allowed to get and eductaion. All women were born to marry and have children. Most women got married as young as 12 years old. If a woman however was single, then many people started to get suspisios and some people even thought as them a witches. Also all were expected to have amazing manners. However, if woman were in the upper class, things were much different. Some upper class families hired toutors to come to the house to teach their dauthers privitly. Some girls even had toutors starting at the age of 5. Subjects for girls included developing skills of housewifery. A girl had to learn how to govern a household, and how to conduct herself in social class. Then later in the 16th centry, some girls could go to school with their brothers, and then even went to their own private school. At private schhol, girls started to learn reading and writing just like their brothers. The girls also learned many different languages. Careers- If a woman decided not to marry and she was in the upper class, then she could get a few categories of jobs. She could either train in a guild school to become a "dame" teacher, which is someone that teaches young children to read and write and young girls how to sew. However, if the woman was in the middle class and showed talent in caring for the sick, she too could train at a guild school, or even go into the medical feild as a nurse or a midwife. By the end of the 16th centry, the religious and classical training of noble women had become unfashionable and their education became more concerned with lighter more conversational material. The overall aim was to make women more compadible for their husbands.

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Poor families

Women's rights

Women in Shakespear's time

Woman reading in lower class, learned from her brothers

Women with the carrer of being a "dame" teacher.


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