Rich Victorian ladies were imprisoned in huge skirts and expected to be 'angels of the hearth'!
But the idea that women were less intelligent than men was being challenged.
A number of women were making a visible contribution to science, nursing, education and social reform.
Towards the end of Victorian times teaching and nursing was acceptable work for young women. The invention of the typewriter opened up job opportunities for women typists.
Equal rights were just around the corner! By the end of the century ordinary girls as well as boys were receiving a free education.
How did the invention of the bicycle help women?
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By the end of Victorian times women were wanting the freedom to do as they wished.