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Womens Emancipation Marriage and divorce for women 61607In the 19th century the expectation of women was that they would get married and have children However there was a shortage of men which made this quite hard for the women This was due to the lower mortality rate in men men in the army and they were more likely to emigrate than women 61607Laws based on the fact that women would be the responsibility of the men and would be looked after by the man 61607Before the 1882 Married Property Act when a woman got married all of her wealth was passed to the husband If a woman worked after marriage her earnings would also be given to the husband 61607Matrimonial Causes Act of 1857 gave men the right to divorce their wives if they were found to be committing adultery However if the woman wished to divorce their husband it was not allowed even if they had discovered that their husband had been unfaithful Once divorced the children would be the husbands property and the wife could be banned from seeing her children 61607Working class women were expected to keep working until they had children In the middle of the 19th century the average married woman gave birth to six children Over 35 of all married women had eight or more children Education of women 616071880s - Mary Wollstonecraft had written the book Vindication of the Rights of Women which argued for educational reforms 61607Louisa Martindale was forced to abandon her own school for girls due to the harsh disapproval and opposition of the public 61607Mary Francis Buss founded the North London Collegiate School for Ladies offering education which would allow the women to have career opportunities 616071870 - Girton College was opened as the first womens college but still unrecognised by the authorities 616071910 - only 1000 female students at Oxford and Cambridge but unable to take degrees and must have permission
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