Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Business of Women
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

The Business of Women: Female Enterprise and Urban Development in Northern England 1760-1830

Hannah Barker


This book argues that businesswomen were central to urban society and to the operation and development of commerce in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It presents a rich and complicated picture of lower-middling life and female enterprise in three northern English towns: Manchester, Leeds, and Sheffield. The stories told by a wide range of sources, including trade directories, newspaper advertisements, court records, correspondence, and diaries, demonstrate the very differing fortunes and levels of independence that individual businesswomen enjoyed. Yet, as a group, their involvement in ... More

Keywords: gender, family, marriage, trade, industrial revolution, urban society, women's work, small businesses

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199299713
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299713.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hannah Barker, author
Senior Lecturer in History, University of Manchester
Author Webpage