-Stemmed, in part, from the belief that Eve had unleashed sin into the world(her falling prey to the snares of the devil implied all women were weak.)
-evidenced by the fact that women could not vote, sue, or run a business unless they received permission from their husbands.
-Womens loss of legal status upon being married was, under English and American law, known as coverture.
-considered women to be visible only during birth, marriage and death
- depended on women to be civilized while raising children, which created a need for laws, schools, and churches.
-required women to physically and emotionally contribute to the colonial landscape(forest to farmland)Chesapeake Bay area, 3/4 of children lost a parents before Turing 21. and in the south, where 5/8 of children did not survive into adulthood.