| Quote #1
THE DAUGHTER. Well, haven't you got a cab?
The mother and daughter, Mrs. and Miss Eynsford Hill, reinforce typical notions of femininity. It is a man's job, not a woman's, to go out and brave the elements.
| Quote #2
She is no doubt as clean as she can afford to be; but compared to the ladies she is very dirty. Her features are no worse than theirs; but their condition leaves something to be desired; and she needs the services of a dentist] (1.29)
Eliza is not intrinsically divided from her fellow women. The comparability of their features – the only things which, for Eliza, are not totally diminished by her poverty – only reinforces their equal standing as women.
| Quote #3
HIGGINS. There! As the girl very properly says, Garn! Married indeed! Don't you know that a woman of that class looks a worn out drudge of fifty a year after she's married. (2.105)
Higgins's views are stereotypical, but his comments do speak to the difficulties which come with raising a family in poverty.