What did it mean to be a women in Europe from Medieval to Early Modern times?

When the historian Catherine Macaulay stated in her History of England, ‘the invidious censures which may ensue from striking into a path of literature rarely trodden by my sex……will not keep me mute in the cause of liberty.’ she was expressing her resentment well-educated, independent thinking women of Europe felt toward the perceived inferiority of their sex. Matters of political and intellectual importance were considered a man’s domain from medieval to the 18th century. Women were considered subordinate due to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church,  where Eve was the cause of all sin! Influences of traditional medical and Greek philosophy also depicted woman as a ‘deformity’ or an imperfect man […]

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