Before 2190, at the age of 6, young girls were fitted with sensor bracelets before being sent to boarding school, only returning home on the weekends.
After 2190, girls begin school in mid August of the year they turn 6. They will attend St Thomas Aquinas Primary School, a co-ed educational facility, until the year they turn 11, and then they will move on to St Martha's School for Girls to prepare for their future lives and husbands. You can read about the education in St. Martha's in detail at [].
If girls do well on their tests and in their studies, then most will receive their draft packets just after their 17th birthday. If drafted as soon as possible, then your character will be 18, and in theory already know of their draft. OOC, this isn't possible, because such things aren't decided until after you've joined and ratios work, but do keep that fact in mind when making your character. If you're joining as a female who is waiting on their first draft, they got their information a year before they are actually drafted.
The first draft for females happens anytime between the ages of 18 and 21 depending on her exit exams.
What decides if a bride graduates?
Her scores on her final exam, which are explained in detail under []
Now what about the brides that become widowed. Is it an entire year before they are drafted again?
When you are re-drafted after being widowed depends on how well you did in school. In general, brides get at least 4 months to learn their next husband. This means you will have at least six months between drafts. In between your drafts, you will attend refresher classes at St Martha's to help make sure that you recall how to be a good wife.
OOC: Sometimes there are a lot of redrafts. We'd like you to say there was at least six months between drafts.
As long as children are not involved, a woman can be drafted up to the age of forty for secondary (and more) marriages. Once you have children, a widow may not be drafted again.
If you are waiting for a redraft, you will attend refresher courses at St Martha's on the weekends to be sure that your education is up to standard for your next husband.
Undrafted women that are not in school may not wear pants, shorts or flats. They must wear skirts and dresses and heeled shoes. If she is at school, she will be expected to wear the proper uniform. Once she is drafted, her husband can allow her to wear pants, shorts and flats.
Undrafted women can only wear one piece bathing suits. Once wed, two pieces are acceptable if the husband allows it.
Drafted women either drive SUVs or Minivans, depending on the choice of the government. OOC - Player's choice.
These vehicles are waiting for you at your new home once you are drafted.
-What happens to her vehicle if she becomes widowed and can be drafted again?
Cars don't really have model years anymore. The body is the same from year to year. If you are widowed, then your car is taken away and given an overhaul and returned to like new condition before being given to a new bride. When you are re-drafted, you'll get a new vehicle.
-So it's possible what they think is new is just refurbished?
- Drafted women can work, if the following conditions are met.
- Her husband must agree to her working.
- The job cannot get in the way of her main job, being a wife and mother
- If she becomes pregnant, she must quit her job at 24 weeks.
- If her children are under 6, she is not allowed to work.
- If her children are in school, her job can only be between school hours.
- Drafted working women will earn $500/month. It is added to her husband's bank account, and he has control over how it is spent.
How do wives get money?
Technically, they don't. All money is routed through the husband's bank account. He receives this account when he begins working. When drafted, a debit card is automatically issued to the wife. This card contains her $1000 bonus for getting married, and then each month, $500 is given to her for toiletries and groceries. It is up to the husband to raise this allowance if he wishes, but he can never lower it.
How do drafted women get jobs?
She looks through the paper, or online, or asks around. Unlike men and widows, a drafted woman will have to do all the legwork to obtain a job.
Can a draftable female have a job in between drafts?
If the male she is living with (father, brother, etc) allows it, she can work as a nanny or maid only.
Can a draftable female have a job while waiting for her first draft?
The positions held by drafted women are generally ones that utilize skills and knowledge they learned in school and at home. They don't generally require extra training. Employers will look at school records to see if they fit the position being offered.
Candystripers work at hospitals and nursing/retirement homes. They visit with patients, bring them food/medicine and can assist them with bathing and grooming. Generally, when it comes to bathing, they only help other females or the elderly. They can help a man if his wife is unavailable (or he has none) and he cannot do it on his own. However, an orderly (dressed all in white with blue trim) or nurse (dressed all in blue) either supervises or sticks his head in every few minutes. They can also assist midwives. Candystripers wear white scrub tops (any style) and pink scrub bottoms (any shade) to differentiate them from midwives or doctor's assistants.
Secretaries answer phones, schedule appointments, file papers, bring food/coffee and other kinds of tedious tasks that men don't want to do. Dress code is decided by the employer.
If a man is unmarried, he can hire someone to clean his house for him when he's not there. Maids only clean, they don't prepare meals or look after children.
Wives can work in shops and boutiques that tailor, sew patterns, or make alterations for male and female customers.
Drafted women can be hired to model clothing for catalogs, however it may require them to fly to another location for a shoot. For Tidewater, this usually means flying to New York or Boston but they would usually fly them back that same day.
Wives are allowed to star in very small roles (filming could be done in a day). This isn't a kind of guaranteed work and she couldn't get 'famous' for it. They wouldn't even list her name on the credits but they do pay her.
They can seat customers and go around and take orders. Tips are not allowed.
Ring up customers, help them pick out items. Only women can work at the lingerie shop.