Traditional Cross-stitch embroidery was a skill expected young girls to master as a valuable asset for potential suitors. My work focuses on 19th century America. I use tintypes as inspiration for my exploration of female identity. The TRUE CULT OF WOMANHOOD was a term coined by historian Barbara Welter to describe the process of indoctrinating a set of behavioral traits in women. Piety, Purity, Submissiveness, and Domesticity. True Biology is a response to Darwin's work in biological determination. Men and women were believed to have completely different natures. These differences were used as a template for different functions in society.