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Was the Colonial Period a Golden Age for Women in America In general when one hears the words colony and women in the same sentence one conjures up an image of a lowly meek she-slave silently churning butter in the corner Quite contrary to popular belief it appears that women in colonial America did possess somewhat of a more important status than did their English contemporaries back home However anothre aopinion may argue that women no matter race were bound to their domestic lives of arduous fatiguing work Although I understand the first argument I correspond better with the idea that the colonial period indeed was a time of independence and free will for women in America The first opinion unflinchingly argues that sixteenth and seventeenth century colonial women of various races all shared the same secondary subservient positions in which they were confined to household duties secluded from the company of other women and denied any real opportunities of education or a voice in politics Back then a womans sole concerns were food preservation and cloth production aside from cooking cleaning and washing The more affluent women with servants didnt have to engage in such grueling labor but they still had to know how to perform certain duties in order to make sure they were done correctly Additionally women had to make cloth by hand a long and boring process involving spinning wool or flax threads then weaving it into material for clothing Women of other races had similar responsibilities Native American women also made clothing by tanning and processing the hides of slaughtered animals African women probably had the worst end of the deal in that they were subservient to their white masters which included white men women and even children and were more likely to labor outdoors Their labor ranged from being a cook or a maid to working in both field and house Another issue affecting both white and black
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