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Women's lives and lines of businesses: developmental perspectives of female entrepreneurs in Sundsvall, Sweden 1860-1892
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. (Centrum för befolkningsstudier)
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. (Centrum för befolkningsstudier)
2010 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

For a long time in history, women were expected to engage in domestic and reproductive work. In nineteenth-century Western world, women’s labor market widened as economic developments and bureaucratization enabled them to enter one profession after another. All these changes had an impact on women’s occupational opportunities and family responsibilities, but how is little debated because few sources comprise information on both women’s demographic features and their occupational characteristics or careers. For the years 1860–90, this paper has access to such materials. Business taxation registers, business calendars and local newspapers show women manifesting entrepreneurial aspirations as they offered their female skills, services and products in Sundsvall, a coastal town that due to the establishment of the sawmill industry witnessed large-scale economic, social and demographic changes. To achieve information on the family and social background of these female entrepreneurs, they are also found in the digitized parish registers stored at the Demographic Data Base, Umeå University, Sweden. This combined data set helps to identify women’s line and duration of businesses and how their economic activities developed, and whether these activities were related to the women’s family life and social origin.

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2010.
Keyword [en]
women, small business, 19th century European history
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History
Research subject
History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-33211OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-33211DiVA: diva2:310969
Conference
European Social Science History Conference, Gent Belgium
Note
8th European Social Science History Conference 13 April - 16 April 2010 Available from: 2010-04-19 Created: 2010-04-19 Last updated: 2011-05-20

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