Isabella Beeton's upper-middle-class readers may also have had a large complement of "domestics", a staff requiring supervision by the mistress of the house. Indeed it is understandable to see why many women saw marriage as falling little short of slavery. To run a respectable household and secure the happiness, comfort and well-being of her family she must perform her duties intelligently and thoroughly. They were to be strictly limited:. Women were now allowed in some sports, such as archery, tennis, badminton and gymnastics. Questions of gender identity are nothing new.
As the Proceedings indicate, both men and women were present in many aspects of public and private life. January 29, PM ET. The Custody of Infants Act in gave mothers of unblemished character access to their children in the event of [[Legal separation separation]] or divorce, and the Matrimonial Causes Act in gave women limited access to divorce. Furthermore, other women could take example from Mrs. The growing influence of evangelical ideology placed an increasing moral value on female domesticity, virtue, and religiosity. Today this is dismissed as medical quackery but it illustrates how any kind of sexual activity outside of marriage was viewed and commented upon. At the same time, other evidence suggests that juries may have been more reluctant to convict women since, as explained in gender and crime , female crime was generally perceived as less threatening than that committed by men.