Victorian Femininity, Industrialization, & Morality

The Victorian Era, which ran from 1837 to 1901, is seen as a realistic illustration of the stimulating period when imperial expansion, economic reform, and social transformation was at its maximal degree, especially in respect to the transitioning performance of the ladies at the time (Cummings, 2008).Yet, the change was slow but apparent for women as they faced the obstacles of male domination and restriction to the home.   Despite masculine oppression, women established a source of freedom and self-reliance through fashionable expression and began to outmaneuver themselves of family control as new opportunities were available. The alteration fostered a strengthening spirit of independence in the woman that drew a new idealistic picture for women in England and soon universally. (Jenkins, 2008)
The Victorian period is named in courtesy of Queen Alexandrina Victoria who lived from 1819 to 1901. At the time of her coronation, respect and honor towards the Crown was low; however, Queen Victoria ensured the protection of her people and even requested to be informed of all political issues. Queen Victoria is known for her stabilizing influence because she was on the throne for so long, having the longest reign than any English monarch. Her success in keeping stability within her lands was the key factor in the development of a new era of rapid changes in the economy and the material culture of life. (Russell, 2008)
Queen Victoria epitomized the period as the domestic age “par excellence”, for excellence (Russell, 2008). She came to represent the truth that lies within feminism. Queen Victoria was a moralizing stimulus, who defined the ideal woman not as a fragile and submissive figure of romantics, but rather an occupied, competent, and imaginative icon who found strength from her moral superiority, and whose virtuous manner was displayed through the service of others. She and her beloved husband Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and their nine children set a...