Domestic Ideology Helped Calm Fears about “Virtue” Women could act as a moral counterweight to men. Women could educate children about proper republican virtues.
Domestic Ideology Limited Political and Economic Opportunities for Women Women could NOT participate in politics (no right to vote). Married women could not hold jobs.
Which of the Following is True about Domestic Ideology? A. Glorified Women’s Work in the Home B. Devalued Women’s Work in the Home C. Both A and B (I haven’t done the reading and I’m hoping this is a trick question).
Under Separate Spheres, Women Could not Work A. Yes-- the whole idea is that women are excluded from public life. B. No—this is to easy and must be another trick question.
Some Advantages for Women in Domestic Ideology Control of the Household
Some Advantages for Women in Domestic Ideology Control of the Household Expanded Educational Opportunities
Some Advantages for Women in Domestic Ideology Control of the Household Expanded Educational Opportunities Interaction with Other Women: “Bonds of Womanhood”
Did Domestic Ideology Describe Reality for Most Women? A.Yes, of course—it was the dominant middle-class way of thinking. B.No—Most women were not middle class.
Did Domestic Ideology Describe Reality for Most Women?
Women Excluded from Domestic Ideology Northeast: Farm Families, Poor Women, and Immigrants South: Most White Women and All Slave Women West: Most Rural Women
Yet Domestic Ideology Still Very Important! White Middle Class Grew Rapidly; Powerful in Politics, Economy Domestic Ideology Dominated Culture and Literature “Outsiders” Sometimes Sought Respectability through Domestic Ideology