Women were challenged with expressing themselves in a patriarchal system that generally refused to grant merit to women's views.
Cultural and political events during these centuries increased attention to women's issues such as education reform.
Though modern feminism was non-existent.
The social structure women limited opportunities for involvement; they served largely as managers of their households.
Women were expected to focus on practical domestic pursuits and activities that encouraged the betterment of their families, and more particularly, their husbands.
Education for women was not supported—harmful to the traditional female virtues of innocence and morality.
Women who spoke out against the patriarchal system of gender roles, or any injustice, ran the risk of being exiled from their communities, or worse; vocal unmarried women in particular were the targets of witch-hunts.
The seventeenth century women continued to play a significant, though not acknowledged, role in economic and political structures through their primarily domestic activities.
They often acted as counselors in the home, "tempering" their husbands' words and actions.
Women were discouraged from directly expressing political views counter to their husbands' or to broadly condemn established systems; nevertheless, many women were able to make public their private views through the veil of personal, religious writings.
The seventeenth century represents a fascinating period of English history, drawing the attention of whole generations of historians. This turbulent age saw three major events that had a deep impact on England’ s political as well as social life—the English Revolution, the Restoration of the Stuarts in 1660 and the Glorious Revolution in 1688. Amidst the turmoil of the events, people’s everyday lives unfolded. While it was men’s preoccupation to keep the country’s political and economic affairs going, women