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Professions, women’s
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Women took part in almost all fields of early modern working life (Work), including crafts and trades, commerce (Trade), industry (Industrial trades and crafts), “public” offices, art, and education (Bildung). The confidence that they were qualified to perform particular activities derived primarily from experience and the acquisition of practical skills. Possession of formal qualifications, for instance, for a profession, was of secondary importance. The work a woman could do, the economic status she could attain, and the freedom of action her work …

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Lehmann, Frank, “Professions, women’s”, 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 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_019363>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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