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God Speed the Sexism

In a new paper, Harvard economics Alberto Alesina and Nathan Nunn and UCLA economist Paola Giuliano correlate "societies with a tradition of plough agriculture" with "female labor force participation, female participation in politics, female ownership of firms, the sex ratio and self-expressed attitudes about the role of women in society." In short, if your ancestors used a plough, you're likely to think women belong in the kitchen.
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Dec 1, 2010 - 30 comments

 

"imagine the rotary plow's fanwheel blowing a cloud of snow 40 feet in all directions"

The logistics and beauty of snowplowing or snowblowing by train (not always successful). [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Feb 9, 2010 - 33 comments

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