Women During the Enlightenment: Roles & Treatment


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If you were a woman living prior to the Enlightenment era, where were you expected to spend your life?

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1. What Enlightenment era ideology posited that men inherently had a set of basic rights and freedoms from birth, an idea early feminists appropriated?

2. What 18th-century intellectual gatherings allowed some women to attend?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combination will check your understanding of how women's social state changed during the Enlightenment. You'll need to know women's roles and ideologies before and during the Enlightenment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test your knowledge of the following:

  • Role of women prior to the Enlightenment
  • Enlightenment-era trends
  • Women's access to intellectual discussion
  • Key historical figures

Skills Practiced

Students will gain practice in these skills related to the lesson:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the social state of women in the Enlightenment
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as classical liberalism and salons
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about women's social role before and during the Enlightenment

Additional Learning

Read the lesson called Women During the Enlightenment: Roles & Treatment to learn more about how women's roles began to change during this time. The lesson contains the following objectives:

  • Compare and contrast women's roles before and during Enlightenment
  • Explore how classical liberalism began to shift traditional gender roles
  • Explain the dichotomy of many influential Enlightenment thinkers in regards to women's rights