The Business of Women: Marriage, Family, and Entrepreneurship in British Columbia, 1901-51 (Hardback)Melanie Buddle (author)
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Throughout history, Western women have inhabited a conceptual space divorced from the world of business. But women have always engaged in business. Who were these women, and how were they able to justify their work outside the home? The Business of Women explores the world of those women who embraced British Columbia's frontier ethos in the early twentieth-century. In this detailed examination of case studies and quantitative sources, Buddle reveals that, contrary to expectation, the typical businesswoman was not unmarried or particularly rebellious, but a woman reconciling her entrepreneurship with her identity as a wife, mother, or widow. This groundbreaking study not only incorporates women into the history of business, it challenges commonly held beliefs about women, business, and the marriage between the two.
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
...Buddle offers rich insights into the characteristics of female self-employment during this period, and lays the groundwork for future explorations of gender and business in Canada...this important book is thus recommended reading for those interested in the history of gender, labour, business, and British Columbia.-- Tina Block * BC Studies, Winter 2011 *
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