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By Deborah Simonton

A background of eu Women's paintings attracts jointly fresh examine, full of life own bills and statistical proof to take an summary of developments in women's paintings from the pre-industrial interval to the current. Deborah Simonton discusses the definition of labor inside and with out patriarchal households, the prestige of labor and the abilities concerned. She examines neighborhood in addition to Europe-wide advancements, contrasting international locations equivalent to Britain, Germany and France. She considers women's personal perceptions of labor and its position of their lives in addition to age and sophistication, to offer a rounded account of the moving styles of employment and the continuities that are obtrusive within the women's personal event.

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Men were perceived as workers who needed to support the family and the reproductive force of the community. Women were seen as assistants, subordinate and supplementary. Their work was also casual, in that their tasks were already becoming seen as part time. Women were viewed as temporary workers and men as permanent ones, together with differentials in status implied by that distinction. The picture that emerges is one of overlapping gender-specific boundaries and the application of divisions of labour that were frequently affected by local and 35 WOMEN, HOUSEHOLD AND FARM regional factors including work custom, the dominant cultivation pattern and the structure of landholding.

Similarly it could involve importing labour, from either kin or non-kin. This labour too was not necessarily co-resident. Women’s work must be seen within this context. The frequently pivotal role of the wife meant that she was neither powerless nor dependent. Not only was she economically active, but as household manager she often determined and manipulated the strategies for survival. Strategies employed by a family were not solely in the context of family and subsistence, and other considerations, such as transmission of culture, played a part.

43 GENDER AND THE TASKS OF THE FIELD Well before the eighteenth century, although there was a great deal of tasksharing and jobs often were ‘complementary’, certain field tasks were becoming identified as women’s work and others as men’s. The pattern and distribution of their work and the crops with which they worked, however, were subject to local, regional and gender-specific differentiation. Haymaking, hoeing, harrowing, winnowing, planting and spreading manure were usually identified with women.

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