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Working Daughters, Wives, Mothers, Sisters, Widows

  • Anna Bellavitis
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Abstract

The constant underestimation of female activity, in the quantitative sources of both the early modern age and the last two centuries, and the parallel overestimation of male work have compelled historians to use other sources, of a ‘qualitative’ kind. The use of sources of various kinds has made it possible to identify and quantify female activities, and has also shown that there was no direct and predictable link between work, marital status, age and number of children. Women reacted to the opportunities of the labour market, exploiting every possibility granted to them to earn a living and support their families.

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  • Anna Bellavitis
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  1. 1.University of RouenRouenFrance

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