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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780252067037
ISBN-10: 0252067037
Format: Paperback
(5817mm x 3887mm x 15mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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