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Shogunate Japan: Women

A resource guide for the Year 8 History Samurai assignment

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Source: Ishi-jo, wife of Oboshi Yoshio, one of the "47 loyal ronin." Print by Kuniyoshi, from the series Seichi Gishin Den, 1848.

In feudal Japan, women were generally seen less important than men. This meant there were not as many women as men in higher social classes. The roles of women in this period greatly varied depending on which social class they belonged in. Read through the resources below to learn more about the role and everyday life of women across different social classes in feudal Japan.