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Engendered Economics: Incorporating Diversity into Political Economy by William Fraher, Heather Boushey, Ellen Mutari

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Female Labor Supply During Early Industrialization

 

Women’s Labor Force Participation in Historical Perspective

 

Margaret S. Coleman

 

 

There exists a unique document from the nineteenth century that has been underutilized for estimating gendered labor supply, the Louis McLane Report of 1833 (McLane). As secretary to the Treasury of the United States, McLane developed a questionnaire that was distributed throughout the Northeast to manufactories of all types. The result for academics today is an unparalleled statistical portrait of labor force involvement in a wide variety of occupations by both men and women throughout the Northeast. An examination of the McLane report (1833) and other nineteenth-century government records indicates ...

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