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The Role of Women during the Renaissance The one aspect of the Renaissance that does not seem to shine is the role of women This was a time period where art knowledge literature and most especially culture flourished Those aspects of life were cultivated refined and even mastered during this time there is just minor drawback that in this modern day would be a major drawback women did not seem to intellectually exist To look back upon the Renaissance women didnt appear to contribute a thing not even one little painting Women well girls really married young They were betrothed from the cradle spent their childhood learning how to be a good wife to whomever they were wed and before these girls were even teenagers they were married some even with children Marriages were not made for love During the Renaissance love was an almost foreign thing a very vague idea instead of a reality Girls were married off for business reasons trade reason and sometimes to make or maintain peace between families A lot of the time these girls became second or third wives During the Renaissance childbirth was a leading cause of death for women Households were huge there were children from first and second houses living there The role of the wife was to manage this household It can be imagined that sometimes a woman girl had stepchildren her own age It is very disappointing that females in general played such an insignificant role in the Renaissance one would think that during this time of enlightenment that everyone would have been enlightened but that was not so A woman had very limited power in this time period and even lesser value Perhaps it is some form of irony that things were so then If femininity had flourished at the same time that the Renaissance took place there would have been an almost Utopian society and that would have been asking for
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