The Victorian Age was the period of Queen Victoria’s reign and it was the longest reign in British history, a period of growing in economy thanks to the development of industry and transports and period of political expansion: the British Empire took enormous proportions.
Victorian age was also the age of social reforms for example there were Factory acts: this act improved the condition of workers in factories and the elementary education Acts: elementary school became free and compulsory
This period is also named Puritan age because sex became a taboo, families was strictly patriarchal and so women were under the authority of their fathers or husbands, even if, during the Victorian Age, women began to fight for freedom and emancipation with the suffragette’s movement
If in the one hand Victorian Age was a period of developing, in the other hand it was a period of social problems: this is the Victorian compromise. The Victorians made a compromise between these two aspects and hide them behind optimism and hypocrisy.
The ideal Victorian woman was an “angel in the house”, her place was in the house, she was pious, respectable and busy wife, mother and daughter
Victorian women did not have the same rights as men, they had limited education and, therefore, limited employment opportunities