Women’s Work and Rights in Early Modern Urban Europe

  • Anna Bellavitis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Women, Work, Rights and the City

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  3. Women’s Jobs

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  4. Workshops and Markets

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  5. Conclusions

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  6. Back Matter
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About this book


In the last decades, women’s role in the workforce has dramatically changed, though gender inequality persists and for women, gender identity still prevails over work identity. It is important not to forget or diminish the historical role of women in the labour market though and this book proposes a critical overview of the most recent historical research on women’s roles in economic urban activities. Covering a wide area of early modern Europe, from Portugal to Poland and from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, Bellavitis presents an overview of the economic rights of women – property, inheritance, management of their wealth, access to the guilds, access to education – and assesses the evolution of female work in different urban contexts.

Anna Bellavitis is Professor of Early Modern History at Rouen University in Normandy, France and Senior Member of the University Institute of France. Her research concentrates on family and gender history, urban history and citizenship and labour history.


Women's work in Early Modern European Cities Feminist economics Women in history Women in business Gender of work Women's rights in the early modern period Silk industry Economics of prostitution Querelle des femmes Industrialisation Women and globalisation Female guilds Female occupations Proto-industry Urban economics

Authors and affiliations

  • Anna Bellavitis
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  1. 1.University of RouenRouenFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-96540-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-96541-3
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