'On the Town' - Women in Augustan England

Joyce Ellis looks at how women coped with and were able to exploit the urban environment between 1688 and 1820.

Modern demographic research suggests that in what is known as the 'long eighteenth century' the female population of England's larger towns expanded dramatically, producing what one demographer has called 'a remarkable predominance of women' in contrast with the more balanced or emphatically male-dominated populations of smaller settlements.

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