Even though the Elizabethan era improved the female status by a fraction, women were still far from equal to men. They were allowed to get a basic education in reading and writing, however they had no say in, “political and legal issues” (The Life and Role of English Women- 1600’s). Women were thought to be weak and in need of protection. The only respect they received came from bearing children. “…they were taught that their sole function in life was to marry, have children and look after their homes and husbands” (Trueman). Unfortunately, independent women were often accused of being witches and were regularly executed for denying the traditions of society. Women could only gain power by becoming royalty.