“In seventeenth century New England no respectable person questioned that a woman’s place was in the home. By the laws of Massachusetts as by those of England a married woman could hold no property of her own. When she became a wife, she gave up everything to her husband and devoted herself exclusively to managing his household. Henceforth her duty was to “keep at home, educating her children, keeping and improving what is got by the industry of the man.””
~Edmund S. Morgan, The Puritan Family (New York, 1944), p. 42.
Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/90118-Gender-Bible-and-General-Revelation, Comment #22