Women, Work Sexual Politics in Eighteenth-Century England

Women, Work Sexual Politics in Eighteenth-Century England ➮ [Read] ➪ Women, Work Sexual Politics in Eighteenth-Century England By Bridget Hill ➺ – Thomashillier.co.uk The author offers a reassessment of how women's experience of work in 18th century England was affected by industrialization and other elements of economic social and technological change; This study The author offers a reassessment Sexual Politics Epub â of how women's experience of work in th century England was affected by industrialization and other elements of economic social and technological change; This study focuses on the household the most important unit of production in the th century Hill examines the work done by the women of the household not only in housework but also in agriculture and Women, Work PDF \ manufacturing and explains what women lost as the household's independence as a unit of economic production was undermined; Considering the whole range of activities in which women were involved including many occupations unrecorded in censuses which have therefore been largely ignored by historians Hill charts the increasing sexual division of labour and highlights its implications She also discusses the role of service in husbandry and Work Sexual Politics PDF Í apprenticeship as sources of training for women and the conseuences of their decline; The final part of the book considers how the changing nature of women's work influenced courtship marriage and relations between the sexes Among the topics discussed are the importance of the women's contribution to setting up and maintaining a household; labouring women's attitudes to marriage and divorce and the customary alternatives to Work Sexual Politics in Eighteenth-Century PDF or them; and the role of spinsters and widows The author concludes by asking to what extent the industrial revolution improved the overall position of women and the opportunities open to them; This series aims to re establish women's history and to challenge the assumptions of much mainstream history Focusing on the modern period and encouraging perspectives from other disciplines it seeks to concentrate upon areas of focal importance in the history of Britain and continental Europe; Bridget Hill is the author of Eighteenth Century Women An Anthology and The First English Feminist.

  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Women, Work Sexual Politics in Eighteenth-Century England
  • Bridget Hill
  • 02 June 2014
  • 9781138179714

2 thoughts on “Women, Work Sexual Politics in Eighteenth-Century England

  1. Mel Mel says:

    Earlier women's history than I usually read but still interesting and had good bits for the exhibition246 Rarely can these widow tradesmen have served an apprenticeship It was enough that the husbands had practiced the trade for seven years – the normal term of an apprenticeship – to give their wives the legal right to continue to do so for they were regarded as having served the euivalent of an apprenticeship Widows are often found taking up the freedom of their husbands’ companies Most guilds allowed widows of freeman admission with all the privileges that went with it including the right to take apprentices Katherine Eyre widow of a member of the Company of Carpenters in 1701 had a female apprentice bound to her for seven years Four years later she took another girl as apprentice247 There has been a tendency among historians in looking at apprenticeship to assume that whenever a woman is found in a trade which later became the monopoly of men she must have been a widow The implication is that only a widow who succeeded to her husband’s business could have practiced some of the masculine trades which ‘demanded physical skills that few women were likely to acuire’ The assumption is that the widow’s taking over the trade was only temporary until such time as she could either sell the business or find someone to run it for her Female apprentices it is suggested even if entering such masculine trade rarely gained a training in them This argument tends not only to underestimate the wide ranges of trades to which women were apprenticed in the early eighteenth century but also undervalues the real improvement and commitment of many widows to such trades The way in which some publicised their intention of carrying on their husband’s business suggests they took their role seriously It seems to have been usual for wives of small clothiers master weavers and cloth dressers to take over the business after the death of their husbands

  2. Lauren Conrad Lauren Conrad says:

    This is a fantastic book about 18th century women's work and statuse in ALL classes Not all women were as wealthy as Jane Austen heroines and the poor ones had VERY different social s to take into account It wasn't the most exciting writing style by any means but I wasn't looking for that Therefore I would highly recommend it for someone doing research but not for someone reading history for fun

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