Change in the Victorian period. The role of women.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the country whose rich history covers many periods and eras. It saw its ups and downs, experienced both hardships and prosperity. It has been the leading power throughout centuries, with many countries looking up to it and kneeling before it. Still, the echo of its former majesty can be seen up to the present day. However, it is impossible to describe the periods all at once. It would be better to single out an era, we are most interested in, and retrospect it, emphasizing a certain aspect. So, the Victorian period is the one standing in the limelight and capturing most attention. The era, preceded by the Georgian period and succeeded by the Edwardian period, was the longest in British history. It was known as the “Golden Age”, the time of prosperity and stability. And it is true indeed. The country did not take part in wars and massacres. The higher level of life resulted in the outburst of the population growth. Technology and industry development was on the rise. Numerous social reforms and acts aimed at improving the life of the working people were passed. The level of education got higher, and schools became open to all layers of the society. I would like to focus my attention and dwell upon the role of women in the Victorian society. I hope to find out how the life of an average woman changed during those times and what essential steps were undergone. Recalling the periods preceding the Victorian era, women did not play the essential role in the society. Educational institutions were closed for almost all females. The main part of a woman’s existence consisted in giving birth, taking care of children and working about the house. Women were the “mute shadows” of their husbands without rights and even a spark of freethinking. It was a man’s world. However, the Victorian period put an end to this abundant depriving and placed the woman forth,...
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