Cult of domesticity

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The cult of domesticity, also known as the cult of true womanhood, is an opinion about women in the 1800s. They believed that women should stay at home and should not do any work outside of the home.[1] There were four things they believed that women should be:

  1. More religious than men
  2. Pure in heart, mind, and body
  3. Submissive to their husbands
  4. Staying at home

These were very popular in the 1800s and in the 1950s.

This ideology would strongly discourage women from obtaining education. This ideology was thought to elevate the moral status of women, and be beneficial for them in ways such as living lives of higher material comfort. It made the roles of wife and mother more important in society.

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  1. Keister, Lisa A. & Southgate, Darby E. 2011. Inequality: a contemporary approach to race, class, and gender. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 228. ISBN 978-0-521-68002-8