if you read through our fairy tales,keeping in mind that ‘mother’ was replaced with ‘stepmother’ by victorians, you do not find very kind depictions of mothers. Now, the reason for these characters was, very likely, to teach children that there are far worse mothers out there than the one that they have. But women are not kindly presented in our history. Not that men are either. But the idolization of women was a victorian invention. I read our history and i see struggle and scarcity.