SexRatiosCaliforniaGoldRushNotes

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Sex Ratios in the California Gold Rush WFC pg 210 - In 1850 there were 12.2 men for each woman in California - The ratio declined to 7.2 men per woman in 1852 and 2.4 men per woman in 1860 - The ratio of men to women was even higher in the mining districts than for the state as a whole - Women came later to California and in smaller numbers than men - Men rushed to California; women ambled - Changes in the sex ratio to 1860 were due to the immigration of families, births in California, and modestly growing immigration of single females - In 1860, men who were over 30 had only a slim chance of marrying a woman from their age cohort - The large male pop demanded feminized service industries- laundresses, cooks, housekeepers, seamstresses, and prostitutes - The abundance of gold enable men to pay handsomely for such services - Significance: the gold rush demography raised the value of women’s labor and enable them to gain riches in the gold fields just as male miners and entrepreneurs mad their fortunes
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This note was uploaded on 01/11/2012 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Reginald during the Fall '07 term at Rutgers.

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