Differential Status of Single and Married Women in Stansell’s “City of Women”

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Essay #: 055945
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Differential Status of Single and Married Women in Stansell’s "City of Women"
Christine Stansell’s City of Women: Sex and Class in New York 1789-1860 is a social history of New York City in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries that focuses in particular upon the complex social and economic condition of women in New York during that time. With reference to Stansell’s text, this essay will explore the economics of gender dependency in New York through a comparison and contrast of the social and economic positions of single and married women. The thesis will be argued that while a range of social and economic constraints meant that women in this environment were generally economically dependent on men for their economic...
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.....en of the same class, while there may be economic differences, there do not seem to have been clear social differences.
In conclusion, we have seen that while there were clear differences between the economic conditions of single and married women in New York in the period of Stansell’s text, there do not seem to have been social distinctions between married and single women of the same class. The patriarchal economy that had come into being in New York at the time largely meant that women were now compelled, moreso than ever before, to be dependent upon the presence and economic support of men for their survival.
References
Stansell, Christine. City of Women: Sex and Class in New York
1789-1860. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1987.