Mater familias

MATER FAMILIAS, civil law. The mother of a family, and, by extension, the mistress of a family.

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La mujer, la mater familias, adquiere asi una dignidad muy especial en la casa cristiana.
From Manes's perspective, Sofronia's rise to the role of mater familias, together with the manly functions carried out by the women in Mandragola, appears to question the worth of patriarchal ideology.
If there is a feminist figure in Dracula, Mina is surely she, but Tremper describes her only as an "embodiment of the self-sacrifice and stoicism of the idealized Victorian mater familias" (109).
Indeed, it was now time for mater familias to take charge.