The reform movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries questioned many societal rules including the traditionally accepted role of the woman as a Victorian wife. Rebellious women fought for the right to vote, and create a "new" or "modern" image for females. Compare the Victorian wife to the "modern" woman as represented in the documentary and based upon primary source readings.
Understand the traditional role of women from the late 19th and early 20th centuries
Understand how the role of women begins to change with the reform movements of the late 19th and 20th centuries
Reflect on what the current role of women is in the 21st century
Handout of characteristics of 21st century woman
Video "Elbert Hubbard: An American Original"
TV or computer to view video
Handout of Rules for my Guidance as a Wife by Lady Richard Burton
Brainstorm, as a class, labels that are used for women today. Discuss the role of women in today's society.
Read the three handouts provided, and review the documentary. Using the T chart included in this lesson, take the characteristics that emerge from your analysis of the handouts to create a comparison of the traditional Victorian woman and the 1950s woman.
Using the handout given about characteristics of today’s woman, assess your own characteristics of a woman close to you. Using the T chart create a comparison of today’s woman and the woman you have selected.
Research the role and status of women from either a historical perspective such as the Middle Ages or currently but from another country. You could do a comparison of the role and status of women in one country from each of the continents.