OUR pesident, Yvonne welcomed 30 members and two visitors to our July meeting and, after discussing various forthcoming events, we all welcomed Jane Stubbs who had been invited to give a talk on “The lives of women in Victorian England”.
Until Victoria inherited the throne in 1837, men had run the country and a woman’s lot was not a happy one.
Married women had no say in any aspect of their life and “holy wedlock was holy deadlock”. The husband had complete control of his wife, her body, his children and any property — “one flesh, one voice”.
The average family consisted of six children as women could not control their fertility. Divorce required an Act of Parliament and, at a cost of £400, it’s not surprising that there were only about four a year.