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To be a lady in this period meant to be subservient to men and to accept their thoughts and beliefs as correct. In general, women should not have expected to have any opinions of their own beyond what kind of tea one should drink or whether one should wear white shoes after Labor Day. Helping Calpurnia serve tea and listening to women discuss poor African tribes when the Blacks of Alabama were being treated so badly was not at all what Scout expected to be doing. She wants to think for herself, has a pure heart which sees injustice where it exists, and like her father, she wants to make the world a better place.