The rise and fall of women’s value

Posted on August 1, 2011 by

My comment from a previous thread:

Alte, the plague killed women too. Are you sure it had an effect on women’s value?

It definitely did. I watched a documentary on women’s dress, and they show the parallels between their rise in value and the clothes they wore. Women’s value has fluctuated greatly over the eras.

Remember that their value is primarily an economic artifact, not a cultural one. After the plague, labor was in extremely short supply so women’s wages rose dramatically, which allowed them more financial independence. The same happens after wars. In times of austerity (like now), women’s value tends to decline as labor is in surplus, and they are pushed back into the home. It’s a cycle that is pretty consistent throughout history.