Unformatted text preview: Also a woman could not have a will for her own personal possessions; since the control was in her husband’s power, he could distribute her property in any way he likes, even to his illegitimate children (if he has any). Women married because they had a lack of options; they were not formerly educated, and were only instructed in domestic duties. They needed someone to support them, and were encouraged to marry and have children. Incidentally with regards to children it is sad to say how some children were forced to work ridiculous amounts. Only twenty percent of the children of London had any schooling, a number which had risen by 1860, when perhaps half of the children between 5 and 15 were in some sort of school, if only a day school; the others were working. Some girls were even forced to sell themselves. Most prostitutes (and there were thousands in London alone) were between the ages 15 and 22 ....
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- Spring '08
- Victorian times, Victorian Article