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  1. Capital Intentions: Female Proprietors in San Francisco, 1850-1920 (The Luther H. Hodges Jr. and Luther H. Hodges Sr. Series on Business, Entrepreneurship, and Public Policy)
    Capital Intentions: Female Proprietors in San Francisco, 1850-1920 (The Luther H. Hodges Jr. and Luther H. Hodges Sr. Series on Business, Entrepreneurship, and Public Policy)
    Capital Intentions: Female Proprietors in San Francisco, 1850-1920 (The Luther H. Hodges Jr. and Luther H. Hodges Sr. Series on Business, Entrepreneurship, and Public Policy)
    Capital Intentions: Female Proprietors in San Francisco, 1850-1920 (The Luther H. Hodges Jr. and Luther H. Hodges Sr. Series on Business, Entrepreneurship, and Public Policy)
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  2. Capital Intentions: Female Proprietors in San Francisco, 1850-1920 (The Luther H. Hodges Jr. and Luther H. Hodges Sr. Series on Business, Entrepreneurship, and Public Policy)

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Late nineteenth-century San Francisco was an ethnically diverse but male-dominated society bustling from a rowdy gold rush, earthquakes, and explosive economic growth. Within this booming marketplace, some women stepped beyond their roles as wives, caregivers, and homemakers to start businesses that combined family concerns with money-making activities. Edith Sparks traces the experiences of these women entrepreneurs, exploring who they were, why they started businesses, how they attracted customers and managed finances, and how they dealt with failure. Using a unique sample of bankruptcy records, credit reports, advertisements, city directories, census reports, and other sources, Sparks argues that women were competitive, economic actors, strategizing how best to capitalize on their skills in the marketplace. Their boardinghouses, restaurants, saloons, beauty shops, laundries, and clothing stores dotted the city's landscape. By the early twentieth century, however, technological advances, new preferences for name-brand goods, and competition from large-scale retailers constricted opportunities for women entrepreneurs at the same time that new opportunities for women with families drew them into other occupations. Sparks's analysis demonstrates that these businesswomen were intimately tied to the fortunes of the city over its first seventy years.

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Edith Sparks
Binding
Paperback
Brand
Brand: The University of North Carolina Press
EAN
9780807857755
Edition
1
Feature
Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN
0807857750
Label
The University of North Carolina Press
Manufacturer
The University of North Carolina Press
MPN
13 illustrations, 13 tables, 1 map, note
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
352
PartNumber
13 illustrations, 13 tables, 1 map, note
PublicationDate
2006-11-27
Publisher
The University of North Carolina Press
ReleaseDate
2006-11-27
Studio
The University of North Carolina Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

While Edith Sparks adds to the historical conversation about women in business there are several items about this book that trouble me. First and foremost is Sparks' annoying habit of not naming her sources within the text. She relies on the phrases - "One scholar notes," or "one historian who studies working women . . . ." It makes her argument weaker and suggests sloppy note taking on her part because she does not name the sources she uses in the text. Sparks' uses the same sources over and over again in each chapter, even though she says she had a sample study size of ninety-two, the sample she includes in the text is very small. In using the information she has on the women in her study, she repeatedly uses their full names instead of relying on proper historical writing methods of using the first names of the individuals once and then referring to them thereafter by their last names. In the space of two pages, she used the same woman's name (Luzena Wilson) at least six... Read more
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