Women were required to be subservient to their husbands and to men in general.
They were taught that men were more intelligent than women.
This usually meant waiting at least until they were in their twenties.
It was also the end of the period when England was a separate realm before its royal union with Scotland.
The Elizabethan Age may be viewed especially highly when considered in light of the failings of the periods preceding Elizabeth's reign and those which followed.
Contemporary opinion was against the marriage of people who had not yet built up the means to maintain a family, or had little prospect of doing so.
This was especially true at the end of the 16th century, when a growing population and a succession of meagre harvests sharply increased the numbers of poor people needing relief.