publication . Article . 1991

Working women: the domestic labour market in Ireland, 1890-1914

Bourke, Joanna;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 1991
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Country: United Kingdom
Historians and economists generally (and prudently) choose narrowly to define "labor" as\ud paid employment, ignoring the largest sector of work: unpaid\ud work within the home. It is no longer sufficient to regard women\ud who work in the home as "surplus" or "unproductive" workers.\ud Rather, the movement of women out of the paid employment\ud market and into the unpaid domestic market is linked to the\ud increased value of labor within the home. Although certain shifts\ud in the economy pushed Irish women out of employment, there\ud were equally powerful economic forces drawing women into\ud unpaid domestic production.
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