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Poverty, female
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Female poverty is a special aspect of poverty. In the early modern period, the traditional vulnerability of women to poverty took on sharper contours. It reflected their actual and assigned position in society, while their general social subordination and secondary status favored corresponding processes of impoverishment both directly and indirectly and limited (though it did not rule out) opportunities for advancement or recovery. Female poverty arose especially dramatically from the living condition…

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Bräuer, Helmut, “Poverty, female”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 08 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_019362>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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