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Females were the future wives mothers and housekeepers Pearson 211 of Elizabethan times Not many options were open to them They were dominated by men and by society The obedience of women to men was evidenced in their educational marital and household opportunities Although there was a female ruler Elizabethan women were held in much lower regard than men In the plays of William Shakespeare women were portrayed as strong independent individuals with minds of their own and were viewed as mens equals Macbeths wife is the one who facilitated their evil plot In Hamlet Ophelia is not complacent nor is she ready to do the will of her father she is in love Romeo and Juliet presents the two lovers as equal parts of the relationship One is not subordinate to the other Shakespeare did an excellent job of going against social norms to empower women At thirteen and fourteen years of age females in modern society are just barely finishing middle school looking forward to high school Education can potentially continue for the rest of their lives but usually only lasts until the early to mid-twenties Education of Elizabethan girls was typically ending at the age of thirteen or fourteen By the end of the century girls were not receiving instruction in all these subjects at the co-educational schools but they were often staying in school as late as time for marriage at thirteen or fourteen years of age Pearson 212 If girls wanted to continue their schooling it was most often in the form of housewife training High-class ladies continued their education in the form of proper training in the courts A womans social education was highly dependent on how her rank in society If women were born to beauty and rank they might be trained according to their wit but they could do no better than to marry a man of honor and rank Pearson 214 Established ladies of the
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