Gender in Economic History

  • Joyce BurnetteEmail author
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This chapter explores how cliometrics has helped us answer five questions about the role of women in economic history: How much did women participate in the economy? Why did women earn less than men? Why did men and women do different work? What determines gender roles? What role did women play in economic growth? The answers reveal that understanding the role of women is essential to understanding economic history.


Women’s work Women’s wages Labor force participation Gender gap Occupational segregation Gender roles Gender norms Girl Power 


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  1. 1.Department of EconomicsWabash CollegeCrawfordsvilleUSA

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