Section 1- Changing Personal Status of Women

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

  • Divorces could now occur through the courts rather than through a private Act of Parliament.
  • A wife separated from her husband could sue and be sued in court.
  • A deserted wife could now keep her own income.
  • A married woman could now inherit the same as a single woman.
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2. What could middle class women work as in the early 19th century?

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

3. When was the Contagious Diseases act repealed?

  • 1881
  • 1886
  • 1870
  • 1883

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

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

5. When was the Matrimonial causes Act?

  • 1839
  • 1886
  • 1884
  • 1882


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