Court records indicated many women physically defended themselves against enemies, turned out shiftless abusing alcoholic husbands from the home, led religious movements (i.e., return to Christianity), criticized public officials for wickedness, etc.
Consistently, women were seen as the “civilizers” of a culture.
~ from the notes of Lady Victorian Historian
Pearl S. Buck said:
American men will not be really happy until their women are.
An intelligent, energetic, educated woman cannot be kept in four walls — even satin-lined, diamond-studded walls — without discovering sooner or later that they are still a prison cell.