Catherine Bishop examines the strategies used by nineteenth-century Australian and New Zealand widows. Widowhood was common, and not limited to the elderly, meaning that women had to find ways of making a living. Surprisingly, perhaps, remarriage was less common for widows than for widowers. Repatriation back to family and friends was one possibility for recent immigrants, but business was also a popular option, particularly as many women were already involved either in family enterprises or in their own businesses. Bishop outlines the variety of enterprises run by widows, illustrating the ubiquity of businesswomen in the colonial economy. They included Indigenous women and white settler women widowed in the colonies as well as several who migrated independently, upsetting our notions of male-headed migration.
|Title of host publication||Female entrepreneurs in the long nineteenth century|
|Subtitle of host publication||a global perspective|
|Editors||Jennifer Aston, Catherine Bishop|
|Place of Publication||Cham|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|Name||Palgrave Studies in Economic History|