The Business of Charity

The Business of Charity : The Woman's Exchange Movement, 1832-1900

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In the nineteenth century Woman's Exchanges formed a vast national network that created economic alternatives for financially vulnerable women in a world that permitted few respectable employment options.One of the nation's oldest continuously operating voluntary movements -- many are still in business after more than a century -- the Exchanges were fashionable and popular shops where women who had fallen on hard times could sustain themselves by selling their handiwork on consignment -- without having to seek public employment. Over the century Exchanges became an important forum for entrepreneurial growth and an example of how women used the voluntary sector -- which had so successfully served as a conduit for their political and social reforms -- to advance opportunities for economic independence.show more

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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 158.75 x 241.3 x 19.05mm | 495g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 025202401X
  • 9780252024016

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"Rests on careful research into obscure sources to offer new insights into women's entrepreneurial activities... Well worth reading." -- Margaret Walsh, Business Historyshow more

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