A silent revolution?: Gender and wealth in English Canada
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A silent revolution?: Gender and wealth in English Canada, 1860 to 1930 by Peter Baskerville is a book containing an interesting story about female capitalists in Hamilton and Victoria in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The book discusses various occupations such as property ownership, entrepreneurship, lending, and savings, which women in Canada engaged in during the turn of the twentieth century. The aim of this paper is to provide a summary of the book chapter by chapter and evaluate it based on its strengths and weaknesses.
Brief Summary of the Book
The book, from chapter 1 to 8, explains how women in Canada contributed to financial development in the region during the turn of the 20th century. In chapters 1 and 2, the book focuses mainly on wealth management and how women took part in it. The women helped to create and manage wealth, which was used to improve the lives of the public in the region (Baskerville, 2008, p. 11). The same discussion continues to chapter 3 where the book explains how women, alongside their male counterparts, invested in financial stocks offered by various insurance companies and banks in Ontario. The chapter also demonstrates how women became significant figures in the purchase of financial stocks, terming the whole act as feminization of the Ontario financial markets (Baskerville, 2008, p. 12).
The investment discussion is continued in chapter 4 where women are shown to have owned land title deeds in Hamilton and Victoria like their male counterparts. The chapter discusses the differences between female and male landholders based on demographic characteristics and local economies of the two cities, Hamilton and Victoria, where investment in land was most common. The analysis of the di...
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...in relation to historical social description. The author bases his arguments on the belief that his analysis (statistical) of social and economic data enables him to establish women behavior with regard to financial markets, which contemporaries failed to notice. Anyway, if the belief holds, then the author succeeds in his point of argument and it can be said that he manages to demonstrate the social change ahead of contemporaries. The author relies on the belief and entire arguments outlined in the book to make an effective conclusion that women’s competency in financial and business fields can establish a platform for making reforms in the political arena (Baskerville, 2008, p. 247).
Baskerville, P. A. (2008). A silent revolution?: Gender and wealth in English Canada, 1860 – 1930. Ithaca, NY: McGill – Queen’s University Press.