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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, Property, and Power

Family, Property, and Power

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The Business of Women

Hannah Barker (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter further explores women's involvement in different types of enterprise. It examines the issue of female power more closely, using legal documents to assess women's relationship to property and the law, and diaries and correspondence to judge the degree to which businesswomen could operate independently of their menfolk. A broad spectrum of experience is uncovered, with evidence of female agency as common as material describing their subjugation.

Keywords:   women's work, businesswomen, court records, family businesses, gender, diaries, correspondence, property law

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