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A 19 th Century Woman The nineteenth-century woman in America was powerless and forced to be totally dependent on a man. Life in America then was growing fast and immigrants from Europe poured in that created an increase in population. Men had to work long hours while a woman was expected to stay at home and take care of the family. However, as Economic pressure grew women from poor households were forced to take up cheap labor to supplement their families. Their counterparts from the wealthy social group were mainly confined to household and church duties. Both classes were however equated with virtue and purity. “The cult of true womanhood” an article by Barbara Welter paints the picture of what was expected from a woman. These expectations were propagated by both men and women. Young females were taught at a tender age what they were supposed to do. It is a clear opposite when compared to an essay written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton who was a woman rights activist. The comparison of the two writings shows the struggle of what was expected and what women wanted. Elizabeth was advocating for women to be free in almost aspects by challenging what was the norm those times. Virtue and purity were very important to a woman of those times. The attributes of a true
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