Über Kathryn Gary

Kathryn Gary is a PhD student in Economic History at Lund University, Sweden. She holds an MSc in Economic History from Lund and a BA in History from Bryn Mawr College. Her dissertation work focuses on wage formation in early modern Sweden, and pushes the research frontier by moving beyond men’s day wages to try to understand European working patterns and the changes in household living standards in the whole economy, for both men and for women. More about her work at kathryngary.com

Income and the household: women’s work and wages in early modern Sweden

Detail of an illustration from The Book of the City of Ladies, completed in 1405. Though an earlier period than the study here (which addresses the period from 1500 to about 1850), women’s participation in manual labor is longstanding. We often assume that households in the European past relied on men for their income. Long-term historical wage series, which have informed some of the most influential economic history research, are based only on men’s wages. But when we look closer at the relationship between men and women working together, even in typically male industries such as construction, we see large numbers of women working for wages often as high as, and sometimes exceeding, those of men. Including women dramatically alters our understanding of wellbeing and gendered divisions of work in the European past.

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