Women during the Victorian Age
Women during the Victorian Age were considered more innocent and generous than men; they were the “Angels of the Home” different to men: less active, less intelligent.
There was something unnatural, an intelligent woman, she was a sort of “monster”, above all if well educated.
Therefore, we can speak of a double standard of conduct for men and another for women. With the marriage all properties of tried to escape from a violent man, she was imprisoned.
Not to marry could be worse, because for many women, the only way to survive was prostitution. Towards the end of the century there was a reaction against these ideas and the Suffragettes started to fight for equal rights.