Needles and Cribs: Becoming a First-time Mother and Starting Industrial Homework in Early Twentieth-century Sweden

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T1 - Needles and Cribs

T2 - Becoming a First-time Mother and Starting Industrial Homework in Early Twentieth-century Sweden

AU - Nilsson, Malin

PY - 2020/7/1

Y1 - 2020/7/1

N2 - This article investigates the relationship between labor force transitions and becoming a mother in the early twentieth century. It aims to answer the question: did women start industrial homework when they had their first child? The empirical material consists of 588 interviews made with individual industrial homeworkers in 1911. Event history models were used to analyze the data. The study found that many of the industrial homeworkers did start around the time they had their first child. The results thus suggest that in the early twentieth century, having a child did not always imply making a labor force transition out of the labor force but could also imply making a labor force transition to flexible types of employment, just as it often does today.

AB - This article investigates the relationship between labor force transitions and becoming a mother in the early twentieth century. It aims to answer the question: did women start industrial homework when they had their first child? The empirical material consists of 588 interviews made with individual industrial homeworkers in 1911. Event history models were used to analyze the data. The study found that many of the industrial homeworkers did start around the time they had their first child. The results thus suggest that in the early twentieth century, having a child did not always imply making a labor force transition out of the labor force but could also imply making a labor force transition to flexible types of employment, just as it often does today.

U2 - 10.1177%2F0363199019874291

DO - 10.1177%2F0363199019874291

M3 - Article

VL - 45

SP - 334

EP - 353

JO - Journal of Family History

JF - Journal of Family History

SN - 0363-1990

IS - 3

ER -