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Based on the character development of Piney, Duchess, and Mother Shipton, what can the reader infer about the cultural perspective on women on the American frontier during Harte's era?
There was no gender bias; everyone was treated equally.
Women required the assistance of men in order to survive.
Due to the lack of jobs, only women of loose morals could find employment.
Women were expected to marry and raise children.
Women allowed men to make all the important decisions.