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Great website. What major changes occurred between the 17th and 18th centuries in Colonial America that affected women the most and in what ways? I want to do a research paper on women during that time frame but would like to focus on the major issues that influenced them. Thanks much, Amanda

Thanks for your note to FEMINIST.COM--I think that the major change affecting women during the 17th and 18th centuries was moving away from an agrarian based society--and away from sustainable living. The production increased and thus the production of labor increased. This meant that people were spending more time working--and therefore, less time at home. To reconcile this, it became that mostly women began to stay home and take care of the home, while men worked outside of the home. And thus began the notion that housework was women's work. The other thing that happened is that in order to keep up with the production of labor the slave trade reached its peak numbers. The presence of slaves was especially scarring for white women---since they were often in a position of having to tell slaves what to do, to be their superiors.

Does that help? Good luck.


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