3 Reasons Why Women in the 19th Century had such a low life Expectancy

Today, it the average life expectancy of a woman is expected to reach is about 83 years of age.

Many women died in childbirth

However, before the 20th Century this life expectancy was much lower.

Often in researching your family history, you may discover a man who outlived two, three or even four wives.  Often he would remarry and have more children with his new wife, leading to a number of children and descendants.

So, why did women die so young?

  1. Many women died in childbirth
  2. Disease
  3. Poor living conditions

What reasons have you found for a short life expectancy before the 20th Century in women?

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