What did the Reformation do for Women?
May 3 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pmFree
Did the reformation change women’s lives?
Dr Sasha Garwood explores the impact of the Reformation on how women thought about themselves and their bodies, while also touching on cultural concepts of gender and sexuality.
The Reformation had a profound effect on women’s experiences of selfhood and embodiment, particularly given a cultural context that interpreted feminine physicality as hungering, leaky, imperfect and often dangerous.
The way women negotiated this in speech and thought can be traced by examining their correspondence and publications–it’s no accident that the seventeenth century saw an explosion in female public speech. Women used the Reformation as an opportunity for speech and challenge to the status quo in ways that took centuries to overcome.