Analysis Of A True Woman

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Generally, it is assumed that women were politically inactive prior to the fight for suffrage. This view is readily accepted, given that women 's activism was often unrecorded or unheard. Another contributing factor to this narrative is the privatization of women 's efforts, and the carefully selected causes they supported. Closer examinations of the charity work and acts of benevolence amongst women in the nineteenth century reveal political savvy and an in-depth understanding of how to navigate the public sphere. The disconnect between reality and perception emerges from the methods in which women used to pursue their interests. Politics was not associated with women of that time by choice, the distinct dissociation between their activities from the masculine and polluted connotation of the government. …show more content…
According to Welters, “The attributes of True Womanhood, by which a woman judged herself and was judged by… could be divided into four cardinal virtues-piety, purity, submissiveness and domesticity.” Piety, purity, submissiveness, and domesticity were measuring sticks of appropriate behavior, and to leave the confines of those core values would have meant self damnation. To be vocally, intentionally politically active would have been in direct violation of all four virtues, which is why women and politics were considered mutually exclusive prior to the fight for suffrage. Welters emphasized the principle that straying from the “Woman’s Sphere” was strictly prohibited, and this image of timid, sheltered women has persisted throughout time. However, time has shown that while women did not dare to exit the “Sphere,” they pushed its boundaries and weakened its

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