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wife

a married woman.

WIFE, domestic relations. A woman who has a husband.
     2. A wife, as such, possesses rights and is liable to obligations. These will be considered. 1st. She may make contracts for the purchase of real estate for her own benefit, unless her husband expressly dissents. 6 Binn. R. 427. And she is entitled to a legacy directly given to her for her separate use. 6 Serg. & Rawle, R. 467. In some places, by statutory provision, she may act as a feme sole trader, and as such acquire personal property. 2 Serg. & Rawle, R. 289.
     3. 2d. She may in Pennsylvania, and in most other states, convey her interest in her own or her husband's lands by deed acknowledged in a form prescribed by law. 8 Dowl. R. 630.
     4.-3d. She is under obligation to love, honor and obey her husband and is bound to follow him wherever he may desire to establish himself: 5 N. S. 60; (it is presumed not out of the boundaries of the United States,) unless the husband, by acts of injustice and such as are contrary to his marital duties, renders her life or happiness insecure.
     5.-4th. She is not liable for any obligations she enters into to pay money on any contract she makes, while she lives with her husband; she is presumed in such case to act as the agent of her husband. Chitty, Contr. 43
     6.-5th. The incapacities of femes covert, apply to their civil rights, and are intended for their protection and interest. Their political rights stand upon different grounds, they can, therefore, acquire and lose a national character. These rights stand upon the general principles of the law of nations. Harp. Eq. R. 5 3 Pet. R. 242.
     7.-6th. A wife, like all other persons, when she acts with freedom, may be punished for her criminal acts. But the law presumes, when she commits in his presence a crime, not malum in se, as murder or treason, that she acts by the command and coercion of her husband, and, upon this ground, she is exempted from punishment. Rose. on Cr. Ev. 785. But this is only a presumption of law, and if it appears, upon the evidence, that she did not in fact commit the act under compulsion, but was herself a principal actor and inciter in it, she may be punished. 1 Hale, P. C. 516; 1 Russ. on Cr. 16, 20. Vide Contract; Divorce; Husband; Incapacity; Marriage; Necessaries; Parties to actions; Parties to contracts; Women and, generally, Bouv. Inst. Index,

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The issue of women and poverty is closely related to that of wifehood and domestic labour.
In the Reformation period, Judith became an iconic figure, whose deployment both by the Catholic orthodoxy and the Protestant dissidence operated as an exemplum of perfect wifehood and widowhood.
Shortly, women often sacrifice their academic careers for the sake of motherhood and wifehood (seeing it as a millstone) or the very opposite, sacrifice themselves for their academic careers by remaining single (seeing a child as a millstone and husband as a block to their independence) but there is another option as what Rosamund does; she reconciles both her intellectual and feminine identities by succeeding both as a mother and a scholar, not as a wife because this time she sacrifices her female sexuality (sexual desire) for her career and love (for her daughter) and selfishly sacrifices her daughter for the sake of her independence by depriving her of the love of her father's.
It obviously had nothing to do with Andhra Pradesh, motherhood, or wifehood.
Despite rejecting male hegemony these autobiographies celebrate motherhood and wifehood clearly.
Wolfreys has written of 'gothic's own hauntedness, its revelation of the alterity within subjectivity', and it is this alterity beneath the surface of respectable wifehood, an otherness which emotionally and sexually inept husbands fail to comprehend, which is both revealed and recoiled from in these haunted scenes.
They attempted to retain a place in the public realm of the modern era as they rejected the paradigm of silent wifehood and motherhood.
In Mormonism, those roles circle around the idea of motherhood and wifehood, as can be easily seen by taking a look at the proclamation that the Church published in 1995:
When girls are married off at a younger age and are not ready for wifehood and motherhood they find it harder to cope with difficulties in the marriage.
We may go on to ask further, is the sole purpose of wifehood merely a step into motherhood or the involvement of other social and economic entities?
Her 35-year-old magazine, Above Rubies, which focuses on Christian wifehood, has a circulation of 130,000 in more than 100 countries--mostly fundamentalist Christian women who eschew contraception and adhere to rigid gender roles.
I, then, am distracted by remembering how our Islamist rulers view women's roles as limited to submissive wifehood.