About one in four of all Victorian women never married. For reasons discussed in the thesis, many of these were middleclass ladies who, in a society where woman's role was seen in terms of marriage and motherhood, found themselves without a satisfying life and often without a livelihood. A small group of educated, leisured women of the upper middle classes used the plight of the larger force of 'superfluous women' to push their claims for a wider sphere of activity in...[Show more]
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