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The Business of Charity The Woman's Exchange Movement, 1832-1900 cover
  • ISBN: 9780252024016
  • ISBN10: 025202401X

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

by Kathleen Waters Sander

  • List Price: $42.50
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
  • Publish date: 09/01/1998
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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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