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Carr and Walsh believe that the colonial age was indeed a Golden Age for women in America Although the re was not much evidence that women were powerful when it came to handling the estate of her husband especially after his death After the death of her husband the woman is given one third of his land Most times however this land was later taken away once she remarried Carr and Walsh also point out that there were fewer restraints on courtship in America than there were in EnglandWhen looking at these facts one can only wonder if this was such a great age for women Mary Norton believes in fact that this was not a Golden Age for women Norton points out that women of this time were very limited when it came to freedom Most women were maids or crop workers They did not see much of other women which made communication difficult Since many women of that time could not read or write communication depended on a person to person transportationNorton also pints out three reasons as to why women suffered during this time First there was a significant imbalance in the sex ratio Men out numbered women constantly throughout this time in fact at its greatest difference there were six men to every woman Next Norton points out that women had major economic contributions Women contributed by processing food and cloth production In fact historians have found that it is almost impossible for a man to run a colonial household without a wife This simple fact suggests that women are the backbone of the household during this time Lastly are sex roles Research shows that sex roles were more fluid back then than they are today In fact the tasks women were later defined as masculine jobs Since the woman was in the household a majority of her life Children became very important Most women were usually nursing or pregnant
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