Interpreting the origins of gender inequality: Conceptual and historical problems

  title={Interpreting the origins of gender inequality: Conceptual and historical problems},
  author={Eleanor Burke Leacock},
  journal={Dialectical Anthropology},
  • E. Leacock
  • Published 1 February 1983
  • Economics
  • Dialectical Anthropology
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