Gendering and Re-gendering Market Actors, 1870-1950 (BHC-Sponsored Panel)
Our panelists, including economists and historians, excavate financial records, trade journals, and popular culture to analyze qualitative and quantitative dimensions of gendered power. Aiala Levy reveals how industrialization re-gendered Sao Paulo, Brazil’s theatre production at the turn of the twentieth century in complex ways, confining women to performing onscreen in the cinema, shutting them out of touring actress-impresario roles on stage. In a study of changing ideas of service in restaurants and hotels in the early twentieth century United States, Daniel Levinson Wilk shows how both economic and cultural factors closed doors for black and Irish men while opening them for white women. In the British financial services industry, Bernado Bátiz-Lazo and Mark Crowley document automation expanding women’s employment opportunities, but argue that managers and government employment policies perpetuated inequalities in the way they defined “value” within the newly automated banking system.
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