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Enlightenment: The Role of Women in Society

Enlightenment: The Role of Women in Society
by Lauren Axelrod

As Humanism was evolving during the Middle Ages, so were the women of the elite. In the past, women were expected to assume their roles as mothers, daughters, and wives. During the 14th and 15th centuries, however, a secular movement was allowing some of the privileged women to learn reading and philosophy of the Christian texts. Women like Margaret Cavendish, Maria Merian, and Maria Winkelmann were over shadowed by their husbands, however this didn’t stop them from being noticed and even scorned for being independent thinkers.

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