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Victorian Women at Work Not all girls had husbands to support them. Some were never married, some became widows, and some were poor. Career choices for.

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1 Victorian Women at Work Not all girls had husbands to support them. Some were never married, some became widows, and some were poor. Career choices for Victorian women were limited. The only respectable jobs called for the skills girls learned at home. Rate the following jobs “OKAY” or “NOT OKAY” for proper 19 th century women. Next The Kentucky Library and Museum Western Kentucky University Created by Donna Parker 2006

2 Rate the Job Was this job okay or not okay for a Victorian woman? Music Teacher Okay Not Okay Click for the Answer

3 Music Teacher OKAY. Teaching was acceptable since women were charged with training children to be proper adults, and a knowledge of music was a part of being proper. In 1900, 63% of Kentucky’s teachers were women. Next

4 Rate the Job Was this job okay or not okay for a Victorian woman? Blacksmith Okay Not Okay Click for the Answer

5 Blacksmith NOT OKAY. People thought women too weak and fragile for heavy outdoor work. Next

6 Rate the Job Was this job okay or not okay for a Victorian woman? Housekeeper Okay Not Okay Click for the Answer

7 Housekeeper OKAY. Marriage provided the ideal housekeeping job, but when poor or single women had to work, domestic service was acceptable. According to the 1900 census, 82% of Kentucky’s servants were women. Next

8 Rate the Job Was this job okay or not okay for a Victorian woman? Barmaid Okay Not Okay Click for the Answer

9 Barmaid NOT OKAY. No proper lady would be seen in a bar. Census records from 1900 indicate that all Kentucky’s saloonkeepers were men. Next

10 Rate the Job Was this job okay or not okay for a Victorian woman? Telephone Operator Okay Not Okay Click for the Answer

11 Telephone Operator OKAY. Menial labor that required attention to detail was deemed perfect for women. In spite of the telephone’s newness, 16% of Kentucky’s turn-of-the- century operators were women. Next

12 Rate the Job Was this job okay or not okay for a Victorian woman? Dressmaker Okay Not Okay Click for the Answer

13 Dressmaker OKAY. Knowing to sew was a must for proper ladies, so being a seamstress was a valid option for women who had to work. Next

14 Rate the Job Was this job okay or not okay for a Victorian woman? Nurse Okay Not Okay Click for the Answer

15 Nurse OKAY. Nursing was sanctioned because like mothers, nurses cared for the sick with skills thought to be “feminine.” Next

16 Rate the Job Was this job okay or not okay for a Victorian woman? Lawyer Okay Not Okay Click for the Answer

17 Lawyer NOT OKAY. The most prestigious jobs were reserved for men. Women, some people felt, were not smart enough of tough enough to handle them. None of Kentucky’s turn-of-the-century lawyers were women. Next

18 Rate the Job Was this job okay or not okay for a Victorian woman? Stenographer Okay Not Okay Click for the Answer

19 Stenographer OKAY. Secretarial jobs in which women served men the way wives served their husbands became common at the end of the century. Next

20 Rate the Job Was this job okay or not okay for a Victorian woman? Wife and Mother Okay Not Okay Click for the Answer

21 Wife and Mother OKAY. The awesome duty of training in the next generation made motherhood an honor, and to be a wife and mother was the dream of most Victorian girls.

22 Acknowledgements Some images in this program are from the Kentucky Library and Museum collection. To learn how to obtain copies please call or send an to Contact us. Phone Fax The Kentucky Library and Museum, Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11092, Bowling Green, KY All Contents Copyright 2006©, Western Kentucky University.


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