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Women have no voyse in Parliament, They make no Lawes, they consent to none, they abrogate none.
All of them are understood either married or to bee married and their desires ar subject to their husband, I know no remedy though some women can shift it well enough. The Common Law here shaketh hand with Divinitie. . . .
Years later, 1642, Thomas Fuller could still insist that “the house is the woman’s centre,” as he elucidated the attitude of his countrymen, for in Jacobean and Caroline times, men in general deeply resented the intrusion of women into the hitherto forbidden spheres of trade and the intellect.
‛It was the growth and change in the economy that opened more places for women in business life, and education raised many of them socially and culturally as their worldly wealth accrued. Puritanism proved a tangible aid in their gradual emancipation.
As in former years, the women helped to educate England’s children and managed households; they aided their spouses in agriculture or trade, and they nursed them through their illnesses. Soon they would embark with them, however reluctantly, in the great English adventure of colonization. The women gave the coup de grâce to the Middle Ages; they were the makers of a modern England.’