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Importance in the history of women’s work

Write an essay of approximately 1500–2000 words that covers a topic of importance in the history of women’s work. For example, you may want to compare the work situations of different women, analyze how different women contributed to Canada’s settler colonial economy, learn more about the pay and working conditions of young women in early factories, or examine the attitudes and expectations relative to motherhood in early 20th-century Canada. Give some thought to your topic selection, and try to choose something that deeply interests you.

Follow these steps to prepare your paper:

Your essay will need a clear thesis statement. Use the following questions as guidelines in preparing your essay and thesis statement:

What general issue or question are you addressing in your essay, and why is it important? Within this general issue or question, what specific questions do you wish to answer? Write down all the questions you have, and use them to guide your reading and research.

From assigned readings for Unit 1, what major insights emerge in relation to the specific questions you have? Do the readings confirm or challenge your initial ideas? If so, in what ways?

From your additional reading for this assignment, what appear to be the most important findings with respect to the specific questions you have? Can you identify any major themes and findings? Do all authors agree on the issues you are addressing? If not, what might explain these differing viewpoints? What types of evidence do different authors offer in support of their views?