Position of Wives & Daughters in 16th
The position for women in the 16th was very different from today as they were very much subordinate to men. They were considered inferior and were controlled by their husbands fathers and even brothers.. Men were the leading figures and made all the decisions. This was known as a patriarchal society - from the Latin word pater meaning father. Men had control over money and all financial decisions and the way their wives and daughters lived their lives.
· Had no say in society or even in their own house
· Were responsible for all the household tasks – cooking, cleaning, washing & sewing or if they were rich oversaw servants to do this.
· Had to obey their husband, father & brothers
· Had no job or opportunity to make an independent life
· Had arranged marriages
· Could not divorce their husbands even if they were really unhappy because they would have nowhere else to go.
· Weredisowned by their families if they refused to do what was expected of them –for some this often lead to suicide because they had no means of support.