Activity: Talks and presentations › Conference presentations
Women generally lacked formal opportunities within the East India Company, though some did find formal work as hotpressers, dyers or petty victuallers. However, women were also integral in the networks that constituted the companies, both in England and in Asia. The private networks, encouraged by the East India Company’s semi-decentralised structure, allowed, and even necessitated, otherwise disenfranchised agents, such as women, to filter into their knowledge base, which, perhaps inadvertently, improved the companies’ performances. However, the role women held in large overseas companies in the period before the financial revolution have generally been under-appreciated in the existing historiography. Based on a database consisting of more than 1,200 female petitioners to the English East India Company, 1600-1759, this paper examines how women worked with and against the company in the seventeenth century.
14 Nov 2019 → 15 Nov 2019
Working Women in Pre-Industrial Europe: Perspectives on the Gendering of Urban Labor Markets