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Women did not have an easy life during the American Colonial period Before a woman reached 25 years of age she was expected to be married with at least one child Most if not all domestic tasks were performed by women and most domestic goods and food were prepared and created by women Women performed these tasks without having any legal acknowledgment Although women had to endure many hardships their legal and personal lives were becoming less restricted although the change was occurring at a snails pace Life for the colonial woman was a mix of imprisonment and freedom in their marriages homes and in the American Colonial legal systemWomen who chose to come to the American Colonies had a 100 percent chance of finding a husband Women outnumbered men almost six to one Any woman could be choosy when finding a husband for countless men tried to woo her into marriage Because women could choose their husbands they could marry those men who would give her the most benefits A woman did not have to marry a man who would treat her poorly In most New England colonies a woman could sue her husband for a divorce if her treated her without respect and abused or neglected her Although women had the legal privilege to divorce a bad husband she did not have any legal rights under the law As soon as she married her husband she lost all legal existence For a woman to have any place in the legal system it was better to remain single Single women or Feme Sole had more legal rights than a married woman She could own property retain control of her earnings and sign contracts Feme Sole was a better legal status but it was a socially unacceptable status Unmarried women were looked down upon as being infertile Women could either marry have children and loose all legal rights or remain single bear no children or
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