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The Business of WomenFemale Enterprise and Urban Development in Northern England 1760-1830$
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Hannah Barker

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199299713

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299713.001.0001

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Family Firms, Partnerships, and Independent Traders

Family Firms, Partnerships, and Independent Traders

(p.105) 4 Family Firms, Partnerships, and Independent Traders
The Business of Women

Hannah Barker (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter concerns women's involvement in different types of enterprise: principally family firms, but also as independent traders and in partnerships with others. Evidence from directories, court records, and correspondence suggests the variety of forms that female engagement with commerce could take, and the differing hierarchies within small businesses. It shows that women were not always subordinate to men, and that considerations of age, wealth, and skill could override those of gender.

Keywords:   women's work, businesswomen, trade directories, court records, correspondence, small businesses, family businesses, gender, age

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