"I, Charlie Marlow, set the women to work"
Employing a Governess (late 19th - early 20th century)
Public DomainEmploying a Governess (late 19th-early 20th century) - Credit: Emily Shanks

Marlow's chauvinism reflects a more general Victorian attitude towards women and the workplace. Other than for the working classes, most forms of employment were considered unsuitable for women. Throughout the Victorian era, respectable women from middle-class families had few career opportunities.  They could work as school teachers or governesses, or as nurses and midwives. Even in these roles they were generally subject to the authority of a male superior.