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Women’s roles and expectations in traditional society consisted of finding a suitable marriage arrangement, raising children, and managing a household. Before the eighteenth century, these tasks did not require a formal education or training; mothers provided what instruction their daughters needed. With the dawning of the Enlightenment and its emphasis on education, humanism, science, and scholarly discussion, the expectations of women’s learning changed and with it, their roles within the household. Within British society, women now had to run the household, manage the accounts, educate their children, entertain their husband’s guests, carry on conversations and correspondence, and show accomplishment in the arts, sewing, music, and dance.



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