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In early Jamestown, women had been greatly outnumbered by men. They were clearly important in the functioning of the community, but they were not believed to be as valuable as men. Women were mostly seen as being of use as servants and homemakers, and only later on would they begin to venture into the realm of agricultural labor. As women increased as a minority, they became more at risk within a group of men. In “Women in Early Jamestown,” it is stated that such a larger population of men than women may have created a greater chance of “being assaulted, kidnapped, raped, or pressed into early marriage.” If a woman were to have been the only one in a group of four men, there is a great chance she would be viewed as being lesser than the men surrounding her and could possibly face harassment. In the case that it was one man in a group of four women, the chance of harassment would most likely be significantly less, but there would still probably be a lack of respect present. One of the differences between life in the colonies and life in England was that women had a lot greater of an opportunity to find a suitable partner for marriage in the colonies. Since there was so many more men than women in the New World, it was nearly a guarantee that women would find a partner quickly. They had become so rare in Jamestown that the transport of women from England to the New World was viewed as a motivating factor for men—almost like they were receiving a prize. The scarcity of women had overall greatly changed the role that women played in society. Their role in the “domestic economy” had begun to become less important and what they could contribute in terms of physical labor became more valued. The role of a women was being moved closer to that of a man, but they were definitely no where near close to being viewed as equal. It seems that women have frequently been viewed over time mostly in terms of what they have to offer the men in their societies. Reply Reply to Comment