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In Women's Work the authors blend newly available quantitative evidence with historical narrative to show that distinctive regional school structures and related cultural patterns account for the initial regional difference, while a growing recognition that women could handle the work after they temporarily replaced men during the Civil War helps explain this widespread shift to female teachers later in the century. Yet despite this shift, a significant gender gap in pay and positions remained. This book offers an original and thought-provoking account of a remarkable historical transition.
Excerpted from Women's Work?: American Schoolteachers, 1650-1920 by Robert A. Margo Copyright © 2001 by Robert A. Margo. Excerpted by permission.
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