I considered having Jeremy's wife have been locked up in an asylum by his father, but I couldn't make it work. This is Sarah Gardner, in an insane asylum. Diagnosis: Insanity caused by anxiety. Women could find themselves labelled insane and locked up in madhouses for a range of conditions – from postnatal depression to anxiety to alcoholism or senile dementia, and even for social transgressions such as infidelity (‘moral insanity’).
Victorian courtship required the knowledge of an elaborate system which included the methods of flirtation with gloves. Fans were used in a similar way. Among other types of symbolic expression, the language of flowers was used to convey messages without words.
Gloria Jean Watkins aka by her pen name bell hooks is an author, feminist and social activist. Watkins derived the name "bell hooks" from that of her maternal great-grandmother, Bell Blair Hooks. Notable works: Ain't I a Woman?: Black Women and Feminism, All About Love: New Visions, We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity, and Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center
Aglaonike (2nd century BCE)-astronomer from Ancient Greece during the fifth century. She was notorious for being able to predict the accurate time & locations of lunar eclipses. However, because she was a woman her contributions were not believed to be a scientific ability. People began to believe she was a witch & gave her the name of the witch of Thessaly. Aglaonike has been mentioned in writings of Pluto, Plutarch, & Apollonius of Rhodes.
"Eliza Josolyne, 23, was admitted to Bethlem in February 1857, with the cause of her apparent insanity recorded as ‘overwork’. She looks distraught and her face bears marks of injury. Eliza had been the only servant in a 20-room house and was unable to keep up with the work over the hard winter months when every room would have required a fire burning in its grate and lamps to be lit early." I feel so bad for her..back then if women were just burnt out,they were often locked away.