Female Entrepreneurship in Nineteenth-Century England : Engagement in the Urban Economy Hardback
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History series
Aston challenges and reshapes the on-going debate concerning social status, economic opportunity, and gender roles in nineteenth-century society.
Sources including trade directories, census returns, probate records, newspapers, advertisements, and photographs are analysed and linked to demonstrate conclusively that women in nineteenth-century England were far more prevalent in business than previously acknowledged.
Moreover, women were able to establish and expand their businesses far beyond the scope of inter-generational caretakers in sectors of the economy traditionally viewed as unfeminine, and acquire the assets and possessions that were necessary to secure middle-class status.
These women serve as a powerful reminder that the middle-class woman's retreat from economic activity during the nineteenth-century, so often accepted as axiomatic, was not the case.
In fact, women continued to act as autonomous and independent entrepreneurs, and used business ownership as a platform to participate in the economic, philanthropic, and political public sphere.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 257 pages, 3 Illustrations, color; 28 Illustrations, black and white; XVII, 257 p. 31 illus., 3 illu
- Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
- Publication Date: 11/08/2016
- Category: Social & cultural history
- ISBN: 9783319308791
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