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Women in Early America$
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Thomas A. Foster

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479874545

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479874545.001.0001

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“Women Are as Knowing Therein as the Men”

“Women Are as Knowing Therein as the Men”

Dutch Women in Early America

Chapter:
(p.43) 2 “Women Are as Knowing Therein as the Men”
Source:
Women in Early America
Author(s):

Kim Todt

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479874545.003.0003

The Dutch colony of New Netherlands differed in significant manners from the English colonies in North America. In New Netherlands, women had significant culture entitlements and legal rights and privileges from girlhood, through marriage, and into widowhood. As Kim Todt describes, these rights empowered women to act independently allowing women to contribute both to the colony’s economy and to their families.

Keywords:   New Netherlands, girlhood, marriage, widowhood

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