Virtues[ edit ] Godey's Lady's Book was a highly influential women's magazine which reinforced many of the values of the Cult of Domesticity. Purity — Virginity, a woman's greatest treasure, must not be lost until her marriage night, and a married woman had to remain committed only to her husband. Submission — True women were required to be as submissive and obedient "as little children" because men were regarded as women's superiors "by God's appointment". Domesticity — A woman's proper place was in the home and her role as a wife was to create a refuge for her husband and children.
While nineteenth-century Americans never explicitly defined True Womanhood, Welter argues that the phrase attributed religion or pietypurity, submissiveness, and domesticity to womanhood.
Religion was the core of True Womanhood. Welter reasoned that religion and domesticity in went in hand: Unlike participation in other societies or movements, church work would not make her less domestic or submissive. Welter recognizes the ways that Americans centralized religion as a part of womanhood and motherhood from the s to s.
Welter overstated the degree to which True Womanhood relied on domesticity and the home. Clearly and confidently these authorities proclaimed the True Woman of the nineteenth century to be the Valiant Woman of the Bible, in whom the heart of her husband rejoiced and whose price was above reproach.
Lithographs pictured women at home reading the bible to their children and husbands. But, these ideals of womanhood did not seclude women in homes in the domestic sphere. True Womanhood called women to reform their homes and then reform society.
In this sense, Welter ignores the social dimension of True Womanhood that many of her primary sources laud. Church work was not valued because it would not make women less domestic or submissive. It was valued because women recognized their role in the evangelization of the world.
But, the home was a place to start. Let her not look away from her own little family circle for the means of producing moral and social reforms, but begin at home.
The sphere and duties of woman included all that was religious, whether that was at home or in society. But as many nineteenth-century women see Sarah J.True Womanhood emphasized new ideas of femininity, the woman's role within the home and the dynamics of work and family -piety, purity, domesticity and submissiveness.
Oct 29, · Watch video · Meanwhile, many American women were beginning to chafe against what historians have called the “Cult of True Womanhood”: that .
The Cult of Domesticity and True Womanhood The Cult of Domesticity & True Womanhood Defined: Between and the Civil War, the growth of new industries, businesses, and professions helped to create in America a new middle class. (The Middle class consisted of families whose husbands w.
Woman, in the cult of True Womanhood' presented by the women's magazines, gift annuals and religious literature of the nineteenth century, was the hostage in the home.2 In a society where values changed fre-.
In fact, “The Cult of True Womanhood” may be more significant for scholars of American Protestantism. Welter recognizes the ways that Americans centralized religion as a part of womanhood and motherhood from the s to s.
s the film suggests, the lives of nineteenth-century women were deeply shaped by the so-called “cult of true womanhood,” a collection of attitudes that associated “true” womanhood with the.