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Straitlaced: Restrictions on Women

Elise Chenier, McGill University

What could you expect out of life if you were born a girl at the time of Confederation? There was no single experience that defined women, but most had one thing in common: they were expected to live according to the "feminine ideal." This was the Victorian era; women were thought to be physically fragile and were expected to be sexually chaste and subservient to men.


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