Women and the Colonial Period

March 31, 1997

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.


KATHLEEN BROWN, 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.