Monday, March 24, 2014

Women are Warriors Too

Essential Question: Why did some women choose to act outside the "Sphere of Domesticity" while other chose to stay within traditional gender roles during the Civil War?

Some women in the civil war took it upon themselves to break out from the "Sphere of Domesticity" and not fulfill their traditional gender roles. Some women, such as Louis May Alcott were partially in the Sphere of Domesticity, and partially outside of it. She served as an army nurse and helped many injured soldiers. This in itself is not outside of the Sphere, but Lousia May Alcott was young, single and attractive. However some women wanted to fulfill other roles, but their husbands restricted what they could do. Some other women, fought in the civil war! They would dress up as male soldiers and fight in the battles themselves.

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