1747 John Greenwood (American colonial era artist, 1727-1792) The Greenwood-Lee Family with a Book on the Table
Gentry women were, essentially, business managers. They were in charge of running the household, planning meals, & providing medical care for everyone - including servants & slaves. Additionally, they were expected to dance, embroider, sew, & play a musical instrument or sing. Because they were responsible for managing household affairs, gentry women needed to read, write, & have mathematical skills.