'Boserup's contribution to our thinking on women's role in development cannot be underestimated. Her keen observations, her use of empirical data and her commitment to greater gender equality are still an inspiration to students, researchers and activists who are interested in a better and more equal world.' From the new Introduction by Nazneen Kanji, Su Fei Tan and Camilla Toulmin

'Women's Role in Economic Development has become a key reference book for anyone - student, scholar, or practitioner - interested in gender and development analyses. This book is important not only because it provided the intellectual underpinning of the Women in Development (WID) analysis, but also because of the lasting influence it had on the development of theoretical, conceptual, and policy thinking in the fields of women, gender, and development. The re-editing of Women's Role in Economic Development, with its new introduction, ensures students, academics, and practitioners continued access to an essential reference for those interested in the women and development literature.' - Gender and Development

This classic text by Ester Boserup was the first investigation ever undertaken into what happens to women in the process of economic and social growth throughout the developing world, thereby serving as an international benchmark. In the context of the ongoing struggle for women's rights, massive urbanization and international efforts to reduce poverty, this book continues to be a vital text for economists, sociologists, development workers, activists and all those who take an active interest in women's social and economic circumstances and problems throughout the world. A substantial new Introduction by Nazneen Kanji, Su Fei Tan and Camilla Toulmin reflects on Boserup's legacy as a scholar and activist, and the continuing relevance of her work. This highlights the key issue of how the role of women in economic development has or has not changed over the past four decades in developing countries, and covers crucial current topics including: women and inequality, international and national migration, conflict, HIV and AIDS, markets and employment, urbanization, leadership, property rights, global processes, including the Millennium Development Goals, and barriers to change.

part 1|69 pages

In the Village

chapter 1|22 pages

Male and Female Farming Systems

chapter 2|16 pages

The Economics of Polygamy

chapter 3|13 pages

Loss of Status under European Rule

chapter 4|16 pages

The Casual Worker

part 2|72 pages

In the Town

chapter 5|21 pages

Women in a Men's World

chapter 6|13 pages

Industry: From the Hut to the Factory

chapter 7|20 pages

The Educated Woman

chapter 8|16 pages

Women in the Urban Hierarchy

part 3|71 pages

From Village to Town

chapter 9|17 pages

The Lure of the Towns

chapter 10|20 pages

Urban Job Opportunities for Women

chapter 11|17 pages

The Unemployment Scare

chapter 12|15 pages

The Design of Female Education