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  Women's suffrage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The first unrestricted women's suffrage in terms of voting rights (women were not initially permitted to stand for election) in a major country was granted in New Zealand.
Women's rights were becoming increasingly prominent in the 1850s as some women in higher social spheres refused to obey the sex roles dictated to them.
Political movement towards women's suffrage began during the war and in 1918, the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed an act granting the vote to: women over the age of 30 who were householders, the wives of householders, occupiers of property with an annual rent of £5, and graduates of British universities.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Women%27s_suffrage   (5637 words)

 Women's Fashions of the Late Victorian Era
Women had to learn to sit without bending at the waist, and were not able to move their arms above the head or bend at the elbows.
Throughout the Victorian Era women wore a variety of colors and fabrics for their dress and stockings, as well as a variety of decorations on their dresses, hats, and shoes.
Until the end of the Victorian Era, dresses and their undergarments were cut in a style to show off the wearer's figure, in a modest way.
www.richeast.org /htwm/FASHION2/womens.html   (1141 words)

 The Victorian Era
The Victorian era is generally agreed to stretch through the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901).
The dress of the early Victorian era was similar to the the Georgian age.
It was, indeed, the precursor of the modern era.
www.victoriaspast.com /FrontPorch/victorianera.htm   (1109 words)

 The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Victorian Age: Introduction
By the beginning of the Victorian period, the Industrial Revolution, as this shift was called, had created profound economic and social changes, including a mass migration of workers to industrial towns, where they lived in new urban slums.
The debates on both industrialization and women's roles in society reflected profound social change: the formation of a new class of workers — men, women, and children —; who had migrated to cities, particularly in the industrial North, in huge numbers, to take jobs in factories, and the growing demand for expanded liberties for women.
Not only did women writers play a major role in shaping the terms of the debate about the Woman Question, but also women from the working classes found opportunities to describe the conditions of their lives.
www.wwnorton.com /nael/victorian/welcome.htm   (848 words)

 The Victorian Women Writers Project
Women of the Romantic Period (Univ of Texas)
The Victorians: an Anthology of Poetry and Poetics
Monuments and Dust: the Culture of Victorian Britain.
www.indiana.edu /~letrs/vwwp/vwwp-links.html   (426 words)

 Victorian Era Health & Medicine: Women's Health Issues   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Many women, however,--especially those on the frontier--were unable to pay the high fees of allopaths, or they lived in such remote settings that they really had limited medical recourse.
Some felt that anesthesia during childbirth was sacreligious because they believed that the pain of birth was a curse upon women, and in order to produce and develop maternal love, suffering was necessary.
Another contraceptive device for women was called the "pessary", informally known as "a pisser".
www.geocities.com /victorianlace16/womenshealth.html   (897 words)

 Women in Parliament - Parliament of Victoria
Arguments raised against female suffrage in both Houses were the desecration of the motherhood ideal, destruction of family life, immorality, blight of the fine character of Victorian women, employment displacement and the dangers of introducing biological weakness and feminine attitudes into public life.
Through the activities of such women, with the organisation of many women's lobby groups, and with changing social viewpoints in the early years of the twentieth century, the idea that women might sit in Parliament was gradually accepted.
The first women politicians initially had to prove themselves as committed to traditional gender roles so they were married women who came late to politics when their children were independent.
www.parliament.vic.gov.au /women.html   (3365 words)

 The Evolution of Women In Sport
In Ancient times and in the Victorian era, women were discouraged from watching and participating in physical activity.
In 1987, the Women and Sportunit was developed to increase participation and community awareness of the importance of physical activity to females.
As women develop greater interest in sport, their own attitude to their bodies has changed and women's sporting performances have improved as a result of more competition.
www.femail.com.au /womeninsport.htm   (714 words)

 Victorian poisoning
The Victorian era (late nineteenth century) is often associated with a poisoning epidemic.
One famous victorian woman to poison using arsenic was Madeleine Smith, an aristocratic young woman from Glasgow who was accused of poisoning her lover with arsenic.
Another famous case of poisoning in the Victorian era is that of Dr Harvey Crippen.
www.portfolio.mvm.ed.ac.uk /studentwebs/session2/group12/victorian.htm   (708 words)

 Victorian Era 1837-1901 Victorian Fashion History, Costume Social History.
Victorian Pictures of Victorian Mantelets and More Victorian Mantelets 1852 have been improved in the section with line drawings and added text, but the original pages will remain here for a short time.
Pictures from the Victorian era of typical female swimwear at the seaside.
These are the changes that make any era of society special in relation to the study of the costume of a period.
www.fashion-era.com /the_victorian_era.htm   (537 words)

 Victorian Estate Jewelry, Cameos and precious keepsakes
Be it small fancy underpins to fix and place the ladies undergarments, or the elaborate and well-thought out jewelry pieces for ears, neckline, wrists (bracelets and bangles), ankles, or bodice pins, the Victorian woman’s jewelry was truly used to compliment and enhance her natural beauty.
Women of “little means” were sometimes only able to afford lower priced jewelry wearing only the less expensive gold-filled or man-made metal imitations.
In summary, the Victorian era was most influential in its materials and design, and is responsible for much of the excitement that surrounds the “antique” or “estate” jewelry that we see today.
www.victorianbazaar.com /jewelry.html   (714 words)

 Title page for etd-0819100-105231
In 19th-century Britain, women as compared with men, did not have equal professional and educational opportunities; therefore, they were often outside the center of politics and the economy, and were regarded as being subordinate in the household.
Traditionally, women were economically dependent, and that was the reason why the grace of a Victorian proper lady lay in her submission to social morality, but not in her assertion of individualism.
The basic reason for women to suppress their desire was because the Victorians regarded human desire as solely masculine; in other words, they saw women as the objects of desire, not the agents from which the desire originated.
etd.lib.nsysu.edu.tw /ETD-db/ETD-search/view_etd?URN=etd-0819100-105231   (1133 words)

 Dead Women and Byronic Men: Depictions of Beauty in the Victorian Era
Women's rights movements were just beginning to take hold (Reed 35) but already women who sought any type of independence from men were considered unstable, scary, even insane.
Women could supposedly wield these terrible powers over men through their beauty, so a physically frail woman would probably be less aggressive, therefore less threatening and the preferable type.
Rogers, from her "Troublesome Helpmate:" "Insistence on women's weakness and the sweetness of submission was a gentle way of keeping them in subjection, and in subjection, they were prevented from doing harm" (35).
www.umd.umich.edu /casl/hum/eng/classes/434/charweb/VICTORIA.htm   (1326 words)

 Victorian Era Women   1870s
It was worn for casual outdoor activities in the English countryside in the 1700s, for formal dress or dress fashion in the early 1800s and for business wear until World War I in the early 1900s.
The alluring frailty of the Victorian lady carried over into the early 1900s but as women entered new activities such as sports and office work, they needed a more casual and practical wardrobe.
This pattern is a facsimile of the original published pattern of the December 1876 Women's Gazette.
www.longago.com /victorianwomen.html   (2740 words)

 Women Of Destiny: Beatrix Potter And Beatrice Potter Part 1 of 2
During the Victorian Era, many of the foundations of our modern society, be they political, social, or cultural, were first raised and organized.
While the deeds of the Chamberlains, Gladstones, Edisons, and other such men of the Victorian Era are well known to us, the same cannot be said for equally notable contributions of the women of the time.
The Potters were typical of the Victorian era a middle class family of means; able to maintain a large house with several servants.
www.heliograph.com /trmgs/trmgs4/bea1.shtml   (1862 words)

 Research Paper on Women in the Victorian Era
Women were not treated as they are today.
There was a need for women to express their own needs as human beings, and finally overcome their hardship.
The Victorian Era was a hard time for women.
www.paper-research.com /paper/Women_in_the_Victorian_Era-36121.html   (165 words)

 The Victorian Era
The Victorian Era, spanning the last two thirds of the 19th century, was a time of epic romances, great tragedies and unprecedented prosperity.
The jewels of the Victorian Era reflected these ever changing fortunes and are best studied as three periods: the Romantic, the Grand and the Aesthetic.
The late Victorian Period, known as the Aesthetic Period or Movement (1880-1901) was a direct response to the over indulgent fashions and to the stuffy formality and strict protocol of the Grand Period.
lovejoyjewelry.com /victorian.html   (1973 words)

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This is a painful admission for a masterful Victorian man, accustomed to living in a well-ordered universe, in which his daughter had a natural and clearly defined place.
According to proper Victorian ideology, women were naturally squeamish, small, defenseless, innocent beings, who needed protection from the male worlds of business and politics.
Victorian women created homes that lavishly and sentimentally expressed the domestic ideals of their era.
www.umsl.edu /services/library/womenstudies/louisa.htm   (748 words)

 Louisa May Alcott, domestic goddess
The Victorian understanding of child-rearing included the idea that "parents, ensuring their own physical and mental health by right living, could pass this health on to their offspring" (Russett 199).
As most people know, Little Women was partially autobiographical, and Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy are representations of Louisa and her sisters Anna, Lizzie, and May. Alcott lived for most of her life in Massachusetts-- from Concord (where Orchard House, the most famous residence of the Alcott's is located) to Boston.
Unlike Jo in Little Women, Louisa did travel to Europe, although because she was suffering from the effects of a "mercury cure" (where doctors dosed a patient with enough mercury to poison them, a treatment Alcott received twice while serving as a Civil War nurse) she did not enjoy it much.
www.womenwriters.net /domesticgoddess/lma.htm   (1169 words)

 Images of Victorian women on display in University Gallery (03-09-95)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Though not limited to women artists, the exhibition incudes several rarely seen images of important American women artists, such as Mary Cassatt, Gertrude Kasebier and Violet Oakley.
The exhibition strives to showcase the many roles of women in the Victorian era-not simply as wife and mother but as artist, poet, suffragette, socialite and intellectual.
Women from all social classes are represented in order to view the lives of all women from the era.
www.udel.edu /PR/UpDate/95/23/11.html   (363 words)

 victorian piece 1
The simplicity of the smooth, center-parted styles worn by women in the Victorian era lasted until the 1870s, when the Parisian hairdresser M. Marcel Grateau created a new, natural-looking wave by turning a curling iron upside down.
The Marcel wave remained popular for almost half a century and helped usher in a new era of women's waved and curled hairpieces, which were mixed with the natural hair.
Reaching the age when the hair could be put up was a rite of passage in her life, and often there were several interim stages, where a plait would be loosely put up with a ribbon, to signify the coming event.
www.hairarchives.com /private/victorian1new.htm   (697 words)

 Women Of Victorian Sussex - Fashion-era Forum
The book is published by Hastings Press and describes working class women working in well over 150 occupations at that period, in Sussex alone, dispelling old views that women had limited occupational opportunity.
This work is a unique piece of research in areas so far neglected - women's occupations and their dealings with the law as plaintiffs and defendants.
The many illustrations will amaze people who thought Victorian women did not go out to work or were not involved in business or trades.
www.fashion-era.com /forums/index.php?showtopic=602   (326 words)

 History in Focus: Websites on the Victorian Era
The Victorian Women Writers project aims to provide access to highly accurate transcriptions of works from British women writers from the nineteenth century.
Monuments and Dust: the Culture of Victorian London is a joint project between the University of Virginia and University College London.
The aim of the Victorian census project, led by David Gatley at Staffordshire University, is to computerise nineteenth century census documents and related material about Great Britain and Ireland.
www.history.ac.uk /ihr/Focus/Victorians/www.html   (2542 words)

 BUBL LINK: Women writers
Collection of poetry by British and Irish women written between 1789, the onset of the French Revolution, and 1832, the passage of the Reform Act, a period traditionally known in English literary history as the Romantic period.
Now considered a valuable contribution to the women's movement in the 20th century, the novel was initially rejected and lost for over 50 years.
Includes biographies of 35 women who played a prominent part in the struggle for equality, a database of written primary sources produced by, or about, these thirty-five women and a collection of visual images that reflect the different views on the emancipation of women.
www.bubl.ac.uk /link/w/womenwriters.htm   (745 words)

 Victorian Lace ~ Victorian Lifestyles: The Victorian Era
Though Queen Victoria's reign over England ended in 1901 when she passed away, the era which bore her name continued on for several more years, creating styles, fashions, and symbols of a gilded age, rich with elegance, splendor, and romance.
I am a lover of all things Victorian, from the rich diversity of Victorian styles to the incomparable glamour of a bygone era.
Luncheon: "The Fasionable Luncheon" and "The Victorian Picnic"
www.geocities.com /victorianlace10/home.html   (1918 words)

 Victorian Related Links
Gentleman - a portrait of a Victorian gentleman
Poisoners during the Victorian era - the murder weapon of choice for many women during the Victorian Era.
This site details the women who were brought to trial and how they did it.
killeenroos.com /link/victoria.htm   (807 words)

 'A Wealth of Women' title page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Many books have been written about famous women, but this one captures the experience of life as it was lived by thousands of convicts, pioneers, and women of the Victorian era and the Twentieth Century.
Alison Alexander conducted a History Search and received stories from over 400 living women, about their ancestors going back many generations.
There is also a series of "snapshots" illustrating how women's lives have changed in areas such as food, fashion, health and technology.
www.duffyandsnellgrove.com.au /titles/wealthofwomen.htm   (136 words)

 Thomas Kinkade Fancy Hatters Stylish Women Figurine...
And women of the Victorian Era, exquisitely attired in stunning hats and gowns, were the quintessential picture of charm and confidence.
These collectible Victorian figurines are handcrafted of fine artist's resin, hand-painted in a lavish color palette and adorned with glitter and sparkling simulated gems.
Stylish women figurines will be shipped to you about one every month or two (pending availability) and charged to the credit card on which your order was placed.
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