What the flip, Amy?! It's so late! Honestly, I don't know whether I worry more when you're quiet or when you wake me up. Aren't people in the 19th century supposed to be in bed by now?
Okay, tell me what's happening.
No, no. In your own words.
Ugh. Okay. It's about the guy, you know, the guy who likes Charlotte but doesn't know she's a maid?
Please, Amy, just get to the point. You've made it clear for weeks now that you're out on a ready-to-snap limb.
Yeah, well, the master of the house had dinner somewhere with the guy. The guy invited him. He said he wanted to meet with him about his "daughter".
And when the master of the house came home tonight, he came right into my room to talk to me.
And the guy (the master of the house said his name is George), told the master of the house that he was interested in his daughter, you know, meaning Charlotte. He said she wasn't like other girls he's known.
And it turns out that, ha, the master of the house figured he was talking about ME. So now the master of the house wants ME to meet with this George guy. Kind of like a date, I guess.
So, you're bugging me this late at night because you want me to somehow fix this for you? You've created this whole mess, Amy. It makes sense that the master of the house thinks George is talking about you. George would never have asked for an approval from the master of the house to date his servant. He's from an upper class social standing. It would be almost unheard of in the 19th century for him to consider her.
Oh my gawd! I just want Charlotte to be happy. How can it matter that she's a maid? What difference does it make?
Doesn't she have any rights?
In the 19th century, men and women are considered to be in separate spheres of society. Women are expected to live their lives mostly in their homes, while men are expected to live a life out in public.
But, in the mid 1800s when you currently exist, women's compliance of these traditional roles are beginning to wane.
As a matter of fact, in 1848, the first formal gathering devoted to women's rights took place in Seneca Falls, New York on July 19 - 20. The 300 in attendance created the Declaration of Sentiments, a document that stated the injustices of the current role in society. Some of these issues were the inability for women to own their own land, their lack of political rights and their servitude to men.
Two years later, many of these same attendees organized the first National Women's Right's convention in Massachusetts, USA, while similar women's rights movements developed in England and Europe. These first gatherings of the feminist movement wanted to attain women's suffrage (the right to vote in political elections), gain better education and working standards, as well as dissolve the contrasting principles and inequality between men and women. This is known as the first-wave feminism.
Queen Victoria discredited feminism's concept, calling it in private letters, "a mad, wicked folly of Woman's Rights" and suggested feminists "ought to get a good whipping".
It will be during the First World War when women will enter the workforce in unparalleled numbers and will realize the importance of their work. Near the end of the war, Canada, Russia, Germany and Poland will recognize women's right to vote. British women will have the vote in 1918, Dutch women in 1919, and American women in 1920.