By Duygu Köksal
In "A Social heritage of the overdue Ottoman Women," Duygu Koksal and Anastasia Falierou collect new examine on ladies of other geographies and groups of the past due Ottoman Empire focusing really at the ways that ladies won strength and exercised agency."
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Theater as career for ottoman armenian women 37 In debates defending women’s labor in and outside the home, lowerclass women were of lesser interest; the issue was most pressing with the declining middle class, both in concrete terms and in regard to discourses creating consensus on work within the women’s movement. Since a family’s status was judged by the amount of leisure available to its women, a middle-class woman’s working for pay was unavoidably a sign of her family’s economic vulnerability—and something she would certainly not want to be known.
Eldem notes that with the exception of the socially privileged minority, the self-sufficiency of the mahalles logically meant limited mobility for its inhabitants: Especially for groups of an inherently more restricted mobility such as women, life was essentially circumscribed, and was determined by a set of 17 In Great Britain, a rupture occurred in the nineteenth century when paid household labor gradually shifted to the workplace. Industrialization had different impacts on women of different classes.
Even task allocation by gender, such as spinning for females and weaving for males, has not been observed. In contrast to these findings, those making fezzes for the factory were not only exclusively female but almost all non-Muslim; only about 2 percent were Muslim. In this particular case it appears that gender and religion were in fact factors in Ottoman subjects’ employment possibilities. Kabadayı’s work thus implies that generalizations should be avoided in assessing the role of gender and/or religion in Ottoman labor.
A Social History of Late Ottoman Women by Duygu Köksal