[hide] 1 Marriage and the home 1.1 "The Angel in the House" 1.2 "The Household General"
1.3 Working-class domestic life
2 Divorce and legal discrimination 2.1 Domestic violence and abuse 2.2 Divorce
3 Sexuality and birth control 3.1 Cultural taboos surrounding the female body 3.2 Victorian morality and sexuality 3.2.1 Contagious Diseases Prevention Acts
3.3 Pregnancy and childbirth
5 Women in the workforce 5.1 Working-class employment
5.2 Middle-class employment
6 Women's organizations
7 Women's leisure activities 7.1 Victorian women's fashion 7.1.1 Evolution of Victorian women's fashion
8 Women subjects of the British Empire 8.1 Canada
10 See also
 Marriage and the home
 "The Angel in the House"
By the Victorian era, the concept of "pater familias", meaning the husband as head of the household and moral leader of his family, was firmly entrenched in British culture. A wife's proper role was to love, honour and obey her husband, as her marriage vows stated. A wife's place in the family hierarchy was secondary to her husband, but far from being considered unimportant, a wife's duties to tend to her husband and properly raise her children were considered crucial...