Melanie Buddle, Academic Advisor, Adjunct Faculty, Trent University
Reflections on the Business of Women: Engendering Canadian Business History, Past and Present
My presentation examines gender in Canadian business history: I argue that business historians have been slow to interrogate business as a gendered construct. How we understand and define businesslike behaviours or practices is related to how we study gender. I examine how size of business, type of business, and gender of business owners have affected how businesswomen were viewed during the past 150 years and how historians have chosen to study and research these women in more recent years. Melanie earned her PhD from the University of Victoria in Canadian history (focus on gender and self-employment) and MA from UNBC.