Women from the Late 19th Century Could be Allowed to Take Part in Legal Issues and Getting an Education

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This essay will discuss some evolutionary cases in regard to women in the 19th century in relation to #87 Nickerson’s Case, #89 Mercein vs People Ex Rel Barry, #96 Declaration of Seneca Falls convention, #136 Bradwell vs ILL, #137 Minor vs Happersett. Women’s position in the family during the 19th century and decency During this period, women were meant to respect the father as the head of the family as seen from the #89 Mercein vs People Ex Rel Barry. According to this case, Barry, the father of the infant expected to be granted more opinions and privileges on the infant more than the mother of the child. This is related to prior ways of handling issues of the family before the 19th century. It is the judge Mercein who changed this perception especially to individuals like Barry and made it clear that both the parents needed to provide custody for the child (Rife amp. Smith, 2002). Nickerson’s case is another evidence of what women not being considered to play important roles in the development of their children. this is related to biasness that was implicated on the mother of the child when handling issues on custody. This is also the period that women were not allowed to make any statements in the public, and the divorce laws always favored the man of the family, who was always considered to be the head of the family. Women in most instances could not make any contracts, appear in lawsuits as one of the witnesses in a case, or even initiate laws suits. During this period, most of the women who were now categorized to be in the working class category increasingly shunned marriage (Rife amp. Smith, 2002). Women’s rights in the 19th century in education Initially, women were meant not to proclaim self-independence as attributed to the fact that most of them were not allowed to go for proper education, thus not allowed into the profession.