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They possessed their own legal identities and having that legal identity they were able to sell and buy land, be sued as well as sue, sign legal contracts, have power of attorney, and administer estates.
Even with the oppression of the legal system propertied women “were able to act as economic agents on behalf of their husbands and families but also in their own right and how they both actively engaged with the legal system and ignored it when they could” (Sturtz, 2002).
Women and marriage: 21st century Women in the 21st century have more options opened to them than any other time in history in their marriages.
With all the options available, there is no one way that can define a marriage as “normal.” In some households, the husband is the main wage earner with the wife stays home taking care of the children and household duties.
They have gone from being a man’s property to being equals, from being a slave to their husband, to making their own decisions.
Women had a choice in who their chose for a husband.
Even with more freedom to choose a husband a woman of this era were still expected to marry, and they still needed marriages to help support them in their later years in life.
She would have been responsible for all the cleaning and cooling, planting a vegetable garden, milking cows, putting up the vegetables she raised for use during the winter.
Woman would have made their own dye, lye soap as well as medicines out of different herbs and weeds.