Women's Concerns: Twelve Women Entrepreneurs of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

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Peter Lang, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 227 pages
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In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, women's businesses - from small local concerns to financial empires - offered women independence, supported their families, and supplied essential goods and services to their communities and the world. They also contributed to much-needed legal and social change and set the stage for the female entrepreneurs who would come later. All this was accomplished despite immense financial barriers, an inequitable legal system, and the widely held belief that women had no business in business. "Women's Concerns" explores the lives of twelve women who owned and operated businesses in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It focuses on the ways they created personal and public identities and managed the contradictions between their entrepreneurial ambitions and deeply entrenched attitudes about women's roles.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Dislocating the Separate Spheres
49
Solitude and the Politics of Otherness
85
Disruption and Disguise in Black Feminine
115
Managing Public Image in the Gilded
165
Conclusion
201
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About the author (2009)

The Author: Jill Jepson holds degrees in linguistics, psychology, social science, Asian studies, and writing. She teaches English and women’s studies at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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