A Female Economy: Women's Work in a Prairie Province, 1870-1970

A Female Economy: Women's Work in a Prairie Province, 1870-1970

by Mary Kinnear


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Kinnear details how ordinary women - including early pioneers, East European immigrants, Native women, and professional women - lived and what they thought of the world of work, often telling their stories in their own words. She highlights the cultural and economic expectations for women and juxtaposes the activities society deemed suitable for women with what they actually did. Kinnear argues that a host of factors, such as class and ethnicity, differentiated their choices but that these women shared many common experiences. While women's own views furnish the main theme, A Female Economy contributes to a developing debate in feminist economics. By focusing on women's experiences in the sexually segregated economy of a Canadian province at the geographic centre of Canada, Kinnear furnishes a paradigm for women's economic activity in most western industrializing societies at the time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773517356
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 06/23/1999
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

2"Foreigners on Someone Else's Ground"11
4Education and Training43
6Farm Work85
7Paid Labour100
8Public Service Work138
9Looking Back156

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