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Palgrave Studies in Economic History

Female Entrepreneurs in the Long Nineteenth Century

A Global Perspective

Editors: Aston, Jennifer, Bishop, Catherine (Eds.)

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  • Advances the historiography beyond its current collection of fragmented localized studies to enable international connections to be made and the position of women as business operatives
  • Provides a unique and essential teaching resource for courses on women’s, gender, business, global, and nineteenth century history
  • Considers the experiences of women trading in Europe, Australia, the United States, Canada, Africa, South America, and Asia
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"This volume challenges those who see gender inequalities invariably defining and constraining the lives of women. But it also broadens the conversation about the degree to which business is a gender-blind institution, owned and managed by entrepreneurs whose gender identities shape and reflect economic and cultural change." – Mary A. Yeager, Professor Emerita, University of California, Los Angeles

This is the first book to consider nineteenth-century businesswomen from a global perspective, moving beyond European and trans-Atlantic frameworks to include many other corners of the world. The women in these pages, who made money and business decisions for themselves rather than as employees, ran a wide variety of enterprises, from micro-businesses in the ‘grey market’ to large factories with international reach. They included publicans and farmers, midwives and property developers, milliners and plumbers, pirates and shopkeepers. 

Female Entrepreneurs in the Long Nineteenth Century: A Global Perspective rejects the notion that nineteenth-century women were restricted to the home. Despite a variety of legal and structural restrictions, they found ways to make important but largely unrecognised contributions to economies around the world - many in business. Their impact on the economy and the economy’s impact on them challenge gender historians to think more about business and business historians to think more about gender and create a global history that is inclusive of multiple perspectives.

Chapter one of this book is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at link.springer.com.
                       


About the authors

Jennifer Aston is Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at Northumbria University at Newcastle, UK. 

Catherine Bishop is a historian with an Australian Research Council DECRA postdoctoral fellowship in the Centre for Workforce Futures at the Macquarie Business School, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.


             

Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)
  • Discovering a Global Perspective

    Pages 1-31

    Aston, Jennifer (et al.)

  • ‘Se Mantiene de Lavar’: The Laundry Business in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Mexico City

    Pages 33-55

    Francois, Marie

  • Investing in Enterprise: Women Entrepreneurs in Colonial ‘South Africa’

    Pages 57-83

    Verhoef, Grietjie

  • A Mosaic of Entrepreneurship: Female Traders in Moscow, 1810s–1850s

    Pages 85-112

    Ulianova, Galina

  • A Constant Presence: The Businesswomen of Paris, 1810–1880

    Pages 113-136

    Craig, Béatrice

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Female Entrepreneurs in the Long Nineteenth Century
Book Subtitle
A Global Perspective
Editors
  • Jennifer Aston
  • Catherine Bishop
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Economic History
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if Applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-33412-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-33412-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-33411-6
Series ISSN
2662-6497
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 480
Number of Illustrations
19 b/w illustrations
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