Women's Work and Structural Change

carmen seminar

Professor Carmen Sarasúa (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) discusses rural manufactures in eighteenth-century Spain.

This seminar is held by the Centre for Gender, Identity and Subjectivity. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Abstract: Economic modernization is understood as the process by which societies moved from peasant to urban, and production and employment from agricultural to industrial. The main indicators of this transition are the share of GDP originated by the industrial and service sectors, and the share of population in non-agricultural, i.e., industrial and service, employment. This paper does two things: first, it calculates women's participation in 18th century inland Spain, thus contributing to knowledge on women's work and on labour market segregation by gender in pre-industrial Europe. Secondly, it shows that taking into account women's paid work transforms our vision of the structure of employment in preindustrial times, and thus the conventional vision of how economic and social modernization occurred.


Women in the Humanities

Contact name: Naomi Pullin
Contact email: naomi.pullin@history.ox.ac.uk
Audience: Open to all