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By Tina Stewart Brakebill

Celestia Rice Colby, born in Ohio in 1827, had way of life techniques that have been particularly simple for the common white female descendant born within the first half the 19th century: she married in 1848, had 5 little ones, spent a lot of her existence operating as a dairy farmer and housewife, and died in 1900. Her wealthy legacy, although, prolonged past her youngsters and grandchildren and survived within the kind of certain and reflective diaries and writings. Her inner most and released writings express that regardless of the appearances of the crucial basic lifestyles, Colby struggled to reconcile her own hopes and targets with the expectancies and tasks put on her by way of society. writer Tina Stewart Brakebill has woven unique examine with secondary fabric to shape the material of Colby's existence - from her days because the daughter of an Ohio dairy farmer to her dating together with her daughter, a pioneering college professor. What emerges is a multifaceted photo of 1 woman's lifelong fight to set up her personal identification in the confines of society's proscriptions. Colby's lifestyles tale bargains worthwhile insights that movement past traditional generalizations relating to girls of the earlier and that proceed to impact the research of girls this present day.

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This phase of a woman’s life—marriage with the roles of wife, mother, and household manager—was even more directly set by law and societal norms than was childhood. Married women’s legal rights were strictly limited.

After the completion of a girl’s available educational opportunities, which at mid-century terminated at no higher than the secondary level, a proper young woman’s next steps were quite limited. She frequently stayed home and apprenticed at her mother’s side until her early twenties or in some cases, particularly in the New England area, she taught school for a short period of time. The ultimate goal for a true woman, however, was to marry and move to the next stage of the cycle. This phase of a woman’s life—marriage with the roles of wife, mother, and household manager—was even more directly set by law and societal norms than was childhood.

This domestic life cycle had its beginnings in childhood, where games, toys, children’s literature, and education were gender speci-c and designed to instill proper norms and cultural beliefs. After the completion of a girl’s available educational opportunities, which at mid-century terminated at no higher than the secondary level, a proper young woman’s next steps were quite limited. She frequently stayed home and apprenticed at her mother’s side until her early twenties or in some cases, particularly in the New England area, she taught school for a short period of time.

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