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Women's Work?: American Schoolteachers, 1650–1920

Joel Perlmann and Robert A. Margo


American schoolteaching is one of few occupations to have undergone a thorough gender shift yet previous explanations have neglected a key feature of the transition: its regional character. By the early 1800s, far higher proportions of women were teaching in the Northeast than in the South, and this regional difference was reproduced as settlers moved West before the Civil War. What explains the creation of these divergent regional arrangements in the East, their recreation in the West, and their eventual disappearance by the next century? This book blends newly available quantitative evidence ... More

Keywords: America, schoolteaching, gender shift, women, Civil War, gender gap, regional school structures, cultural patterns, regional difference

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780226660394
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226660417.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joel Perlmann, author

Robert A. Margo, author