Owners, creditors and traders: Women in late colonial Calcutta

  title={Owners, creditors and traders: Women in late colonial Calcutta},
  author={Ishita Chakravarty},
  journal={The Indian Economic and Social History Review},
  pages={427 - 456}
  • Ishita Chakravarty
  • Published 1 October 2019
  • History, Economics
  • The Indian Economic and Social History Review
This article tries to reconstruct the world of the property-owning, mortgage-holding and money-lending women in late colonial Bengal and especially in Calcutta, the commercial capital of British India until the First World War. It argues that as all poor women occupying the urban space were not either sex workers or domestic servants, similarly all middle-class women in colonial Calcutta were not dependent housewives, teachers and doctors. At least a section of them engaged in other gainful… 
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