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Wives and mothers, schoolmistresses and scullery maids [electronic resource] : working women in Upper Canada, 1790-1840 / Elizabeth Jane Errington.

By: Errington, Elizabeth Jane, 1951-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Montreal [Que.] : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1995Description: 1 online resource (xix, 375 p.) : ill., map, ports.ISBN: 0773513094 (bound); 9780773513099 (bound); 0773513108 (pbk.); 9780773513105 (pbk.); 9780773565449 (electronic bk.); 0773565442 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Women -- Ontario -- Social conditions | Women -- Ontario -- History -- 19th century | Women -- Employment -- Ontario -- History -- 19th century | Femmes -- Ontario -- Conditions sociales | Femmes -- Ontario -- Histoire -- 19e si�ecle | Femmes -- Travail -- Ontario -- Histoire -- 19e si�ecle | Vrouwen | Arbeid | SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist TheoryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Wives and mothers, schoolmistresses and scullery maids.DDC classification: 305.43/009713/09034 Online resources: EBSCOhost Review: "Jane Errington argues that the role of Upper Canadian women in the overall economy of the early colonial period has been greatly undervalued by contemporary historians, and illustrates how the work they did, particularly as wives and mothers, played a significant role in the development of the colony." "Errington explores evidence of a distinctive women's culture and shows that the work women did constituted a common experience shared by Upper Canadian women. Most women in Upper Canada not only experienced the uncertainties of marriage and the potential dangers of childbirth but also took part in making sure that the needs of their families were met. How women met their numerous responsibilities differed, however. Age, location, marital status, class, and society's changing expectations of women all had a direct impact on what was expected of them, what they did, and how they did it." "Considering "women's work" within the social and historical context, Errington shows that the complexity of colonial society cannot be understood unless the roles and work of women in Upper Canada are taken into account."--BOOK JACKET.
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"Jane Errington argues that the role of Upper Canadian women in the overall economy of the early colonial period has been greatly undervalued by contemporary historians, and illustrates how the work they did, particularly as wives and mothers, played a significant role in the development of the colony." "Errington explores evidence of a distinctive women's culture and shows that the work women did constituted a common experience shared by Upper Canadian women. Most women in Upper Canada not only experienced the uncertainties of marriage and the potential dangers of childbirth but also took part in making sure that the needs of their families were met. How women met their numerous responsibilities differed, however. Age, location, marital status, class, and society's changing expectations of women all had a direct impact on what was expected of them, what they did, and how they did it." "Considering "women's work" within the social and historical context, Errington shows that the complexity of colonial society cannot be understood unless the roles and work of women in Upper Canada are taken into account."--BOOK JACKET.

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Wives and mothers, schoolmistresses and scullery maids by Errington, Elizabeth Jane, ©1995
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