Puritan Women






Women’s roles within the Puritan communities were comprised of two features.  The first being that women were considered to be “the weaker vessel in both body and mind” and “her husband ought not to expect too much from her.”  The second feature was the way that women manipulated their born roles in order to fulfill their own aspirations and goals.  The community leaders were male, and they readily accepted the supposed inferiority of women.  It is this belief that made men react harshly or ashamedly to women who openly objected to this gender role.  Though, many women were safe from public exposure due to the fact that they usually exercised an indirect authority within the community.  However, the women that were not easily swayed to remain silent, for instance Anne Hutchinson, the consequences could be life-altering. 


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Female role

Female Discontent

Childbirth and Motherhood

Women’s Duties

Women and Religion

Anne Hutchinson’s Fate