Gentlewomanly Capitalism? Spinsters, Widows, and Wealth Holding in England and Wales, C. 1800-1860

27 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2004

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David R. Green

King's College London - Department of Geography

Alastair Owens

Queen Mary University of London - Department of Geography

Abstract

This article examines the demographic and geographical importance of wealthy middle-class women. It argues that in certain towns and cities, notably London, such women were of sufficient importance to merit attention in their own right. Drawing upon a sample of wills, it describes the types of wealth owned by these women. By examining women's investment in government securities, it argues that women's wealth was of crucial importance to the British state. Its findings challenge conventional understandings of the relationships between gender ideology, wealth holding, and economic development.

Suggested Citation

Green, David R. and Owens, Alastair, Gentlewomanly Capitalism? Spinsters, Widows, and Wealth Holding in England and Wales, C. 1800-1860. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=513534

David R. Green (Contact Author)

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