Macrohistory Seminar – Anna Baiardi (University of Bonn)

Event details

  • | Thursday, July 12
  • 1:15 PM
  • Kaiserplatz 7-9, 4th floor, Room 4.006

The Persistent Effect of Gender Division of Labour: African American Women After Slavery, Anna Baiardi

“This paper explores the role of historical gender division of labour in shaping gender norms. To answer this question, I analyse whether differences in the gender division of labour during slavery in the United States had a persistent effect on gender equality among African Americans after the end of slavery up to today. I use variation in the production of cotton and tobacco across counties during slavery as a proxy for gender division of labour: tobacco was characterized by a starker gender division of labour compared to cotton. Using data from 1870 to 2010, I show that counties which had a higher production of cotton relative to tobacco during slavery experience lower gender inequality after slavery”.