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Palgrave Studies in Economic History

Female Entrepreneurship in Nineteenth-Century England

Engagement in the Urban Economy

Authors: Aston, Jennifer

  • Contributes to the revisionist historiography of women in business
  • Challenges and reshapes the on-going debate concerning social status, economic opportunities and gender roles in nineteenth-century society
  • Examines the two important Victorian cities of Birmingham and Leeds
  • Proves that the commonly held view that the middle-class women retreated from economic activity during the nineteenth-century was not the case and in fact women continued to act as autonomous and independent entrepreneurs
  • Individual experiences of 100 businesswomen are used to introduce and illustrate key themes and arguments
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About this book

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.


About the authors

Jennifer Aston is Junior Research Fellow and Retained Lecturer in History at Pembroke College, Oxford, and Research Assistant on the ESRC-funded Professions in Nineteenth Century Britain project, History Faculty, Oxford, UK. She previously held the Eileen Power Research Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK. Her research focuses on gender, entrepreneurship and business in nineteenth-century Britain.

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eBook 101,14 €
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Hardcover 124,79 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-30879-1
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Female Entrepreneurship in Nineteenth-Century England
Book Subtitle
Engagement in the Urban Economy
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Economic History
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-30880-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-30880-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-30879-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 257
Number of Illustrations and Tables
28 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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