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Women and their money 1700-1950: Essays on women and finance

Laurence, Anne; Maltby, Josephine and Rutterford, Janette eds. (2009). Women and their money 1700-1950: Essays on women and finance. London: Routledge.

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Abstract

This book examines women's financial activity from the early days of the stock market in eighteenth century England and the South Sea Bubble to the mid-twentieth century. The essays demonstrate how many women managed their own finances despite legal and social restrictions and show that women were neither helpless, incompetent and risk-averse, nor were they unduly cautious and conservative. Rather, many women learnt about money and made themselves effective and engaged managers of the funds at their disposal.

The essays focus on Britain, from eighteenth-century London, to the expansion of British financial markets of the nineteenth century, with comparative essays dealing with the US, Italy, Sweden and Japan. Hitherto, writing about women and money has been restricted to their management of household finances or their activities as small business women. This book examines the clear evidence of women's active engagement in financial matters, much neglected in historical literature, especially women's management of capital.

Item Type: Edited Book
Copyright Holders: 2009 Routledge
ISBN: 0-415-41976-X, 978-0-415-41976-5
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > History
Open University Business School
Item ID: 18969
Depositing User: Catherine Playle
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2009 14:27
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:36
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/18969
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