Women and the Colonial Period

StoryMarch 31, 1997
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A professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of a new book entitled, Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race and Power in Colonial Virginia.

Today marks the last day of Women’s History Month. And to
commemorate the day, we’re going to take a special look back at one
of the defining eras for women in America — the colonial period.
This was a period were the creation of gender roles was crucial
both in the establishment of racial slavery and of a patriarchal
social and political system.

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