Premodern women’s voices,like Hutchinson’s, were often overshadowed by their husbands, fathers, or anyman in fact. Women were taught from a young age to obey the males in theirlives, this meant to stay in a line they were dared not to cross. Keeping thisin mind, women were expected to support the society and remain compliant totheir rules. Women’s “duties” consisted of willingly being a submissive totheir husbands, house duties, and teaching the children their roles in thecolony. Hutchinson’s spiritual relationship began at avery young age because her father was a clergyman.
Therefore, when she had a”direct revelation from God”, there was no hesitation to begin preaching. Herspeeches were so significant because not only was a woman challenging thePuritan doctrine with her personal interpretation, but the speeches she gavegathered crowds containing both men and women. This was not a “one time” event,Hutchinson gathered on a weekly basis, much like a formal church assembly.During the trial judge Winthrop states, “Mrs.
Hutchinson, you are called hereas one of those that have troubled the peace … you have spoken ofdiverse things …as a thing not tolerable nor comely in the sight of Godnor fitting for your sex.” (Cullen-DuPont, 2018)Sex was important duringcolonial times because depending on if you were a male or female, it determinedyour value and which boundaries you had. Females had little to no voice in manysituations and expectations were high since the ripe age of thirteen.
Keepyourself pure, listen to your husband or father, and be a good role model toyour children. These were the sole responsibilities of a woman. Having a voicethreatened men, so when a lady decided to step out of line, she was banished fromthe colony in hopes of discouraging any other woman who thinks to follow herlead. The battle of the sexes has been the longest war by far. Who is superior?Why? What makes a man more dominant? Why do women have the short end of thestick? Why is when a man rebels, it’s no big deal, but when a woman decides tohave a voice, all hell breaks loose? The significance of the trialof Anne Hutchinson was that she was a woman who threatened the beliefs ofsociety. This was uncommon for women in that time, or many just kept it tothemselves if they were “smart”. Public speaking, especially preaching, was un-ladylike and frowned upon because the man was the head of the church.
Consequently,when the public began hearing a woman was drawing crowds with her religiousspeeches, news traveled like a plague. Hutchinson wasn’t fulfilling herrole as a woman or mother in the eyes of society because she didn’t follow thebasic principles. All this led to fear of an “upside down world” wherewomen were on the same social status as men, so Anne Hutchinson was banishedwith her children from her colony before she could poison any more minds andlater killed by Indians.