Expectations of Victorian Women:The Victorians believed that men and women were fundamentally different. While men were said to be physically strong and morally weak, women were seen as being the exact opposite and invested with the responsibility to maintain the entire family’s moral rectitude. The qualities of womanhood, according to historian Barbara Welter, included “piety, purity, submissiveness and domesticity.” In the eyes of society, women were ill-equipped to meet the demands of the outside world. Getting a job or becoming politically active would only be damaging for a woman and for society at large, it was believed.
Patients whos faces were ravaged by Congenital Syphilis, which occurs when a child is born to a mother with syphilis or . Some infants with congenital syphilis have symptoms at birth, but many develop symptoms later. The devestation of this disease was horrible during the prepenicillin era.