Adapting to Capitalism

Working Women in the English Economy, 1700-1850
Author(s): 
Sharpe, Pamela
ISBN: 
0333633911
Date published: 
January 1996
Hardback
Price: 
£45.00
Pages: 
240

This book considers patterns of women's employment in the period 1700-1850. Focusing on the county of Essex, material on the worsted industry, agriculture, fashion trades, service, prostitution, and marriage and family life will shed light on contemporary debates in history such as the sexual division of labour, controversy over continuity or change in women's employment, the importance of ideas of 'separate spheres' and 'domestic ideology', and the overall effects of capitalism on women's employment.