Adapting to Capitalism

Working Women in the English Economy, 1700–1850

  • Pamela Sharpe

Part of the Studies in Gender History book series (SGH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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    Pages 1-2
  3. Pamela Sharpe
    Pages 71-100
  4. Pamela Sharpe
    Pages 130-148
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 154-226

About this book


This book considers patterns of women's employment in the period 1700-1850. Focusing on the county of Essex, material on the worsted industry, agriculture, fashion trades, service, prostitution, and marriage and family life will shed light on contemporary debates in history such as the sexual division of labour, controversy over continuity or change in women's employment, the importance of ideas of 'separate spheres' and 'domestic ideology', and the overall effects of capitalism on women's employment.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Pamela Sharpe
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BristolBristolUK

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