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Review of Good Wives Today women are an intricate part of our working society There are more women holding full-time jobs than ever before A womens role is just not in the house it extends far beyond into the working world where women are even holding positions such as chief executive officers of Fortune 500 Companies When did this change occur Was it before or after World War II or was in the 1960s when women battled against suffrage or did the change ever really occur Have women always been characterized by washing dishes cooking dinner and raising children Surprisingly a womens role in pre-colonial America was multifaceted After reading Laurel Thatcher Ulrichs Good Wives we learn that women of the 17th century served as house wives neighbors deputy husbands mistresses and heroines and it is her goal to highlight and bring attention to the importance of women in the Puritan Society As house wives in Puritan Society a womens domain would extend from the kitchen and its appendages the cellars pantries brewhouses milkhouses washhouses and butteries to the exterior of the house where even in the city a mlange of animals and vegetable life flourished 14 The womens role as a housewife in Puritan society of the 17th century is very common Their role entails every day tasks that we still equate with a housewife today and for most of us this is the only role we associate colonial women with As you will see this is only one of the many tasks expected of these women Women were also expected to be good neighbors not only because it was dangerous to live alone but because it was a cultural norm 51 Good neighbors in Puritan society shared their work and commodities They were also expected to follow the Rules of Industry and Charity The Rule of Industry states that a women is always to keep busy-a measure of productiveness The
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