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Husbandry to Housewifery: Women, Economic Change, and Housework in Ireland 1890-1914

Joanna Bourke


This book examines the lives of women in Ireland between 1890 and 1914, tracing the shift of their labour out of the fields and into the home. It shows how their position within the employment market deteriorated: married women came to be increasingly dependent on their husbands' earnings, while economic opportunities for unmarried and widowed women collapsed. More and more women devoted all their productive enterprise to performing housework. This documented study analyses the crucial elements in this change: the coincidence of sectoral shifts in the employment market, increasing investment i ... More

Keywords: Ireland, women, labour, employment, earnings, economic opportunities, productive enterprise, housework

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198203858
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203858.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanna Bourke, author
Birkbeck College, London