Labourers at the Oakes: Changes in the Demand for Female Day-Labourers at a Farm near Sheffield during the Agricultural Revolution

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The wage book of a Derbyshire farm, which includes payments to laborers for 1772 to 1775 and 1831 to 1845, allows me to examine the employment patterns of male and female day-laborers at this farm before and after important innovations in agriculture. I find a fall in relative female employment which appears to be due to a fall in demand. Male employment shifted to the spring, but female employment maintained the same seasonal pattern. These seasonal and sexual shifts in the demand for labor probably resulted from the changes in animal husbandry that followed enclosure.


  • Joyce Burnette
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  • Wabash College
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  • Economic History


  • employment, women, working women, wages, workforce, agriculture, labor demand, farms, industrial agriculture, crops
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-67
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Economic History
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes