Caribbean Women

Although women in the Caribbean were excluded from professions like colonial administration and the clergy, they still played valuable and important roles in the economy. Women were known for their work in cloth production, sewing, and basket-making. Those who were talented in these areas could get their vending license, and in some cases, enslaved women could raise money to buy their freedom.

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Dantas, M. L. R. (2015). MINERS, FARMERS, AND MARKET PEOPLE: Women of African Descent and the Colonial Economy in Minas Gerais. African Economic History, 43, 82–108.