Section 1- Changing Personal Status of Women

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1. What was the main advantage of the Divorce and Matrimonial causes Act?

  • A wife separated from her husband could sue and be sued in court.
  • A deserted wife could now keep her own income.
  • Divorces could now occur through the courts rather than through a private Act of Parliament.
  • A married woman could now inherit the same as a single woman.
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2. When was the Matrimonial causes Act?

  • 1839
  • 1884
  • 1882
  • 1886

3. Who led the campaign to repeal the Contagious Diseases act?

  • Emmeline Pankhurst
  • Caroline Norton
  • Josephine Butler
  • Mrs Jackson

4. Which case is significant to the Matrimonial causes Act?

  • The Jarrson case.
  • The Jackson case.
  • The Smith case.
  • The Norton case.

5. What could middle class women work as in the early 19th century?

  • Dressmakers, milliners or governesses.
  • Dressmakers, shopkeepers or milliners.
  • Milliners, governesses or cleaners.

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