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the produce of their labour is the result of corporal exertion; but it is a subject of great regret, that this inequality should prevail, even where an equal share of skill and application are exerted. Male stay-makers, mantua-makers, and hair-dressers are better paid than female artists of the same professions; but surely it will never be urged as an apology for this disproportion, that women are not as capable of making stays, gowns, dressing hair, and similar arts, as men; if they are not superior to them, it can only be accounted for upon this principle, that the prices they receive for their labour are not sufﬁcient to repay them for the expense of qualifying themselves for their business, and that they sink under the mortiﬁcation of being regarded as artizans of inferior estimation, whilst the men, who supplant them, receive all the encouragement of large proﬁts and full employment, which is ensured to them by the folly of fashion. Wakeﬁeld died on 12 September 1832 in Ipswich, at the home of her daughter. The prison reformer Elizabeth Fry was Wakeﬁeld’s niece. Her grandson was Edward Gibbon Wakeﬁeld, the theorist of colonization among the classical political economists, closely connected with the Durham Report in Canada and with the colonization of South Australia and New Zealand. ROBERT W. DIMAND Bibliography E.I.C., ‘Wakeﬁeld, Mrs. Priscilla (1751–1832)’, in Sir Leslie Stephen and Sir Sidney Lee (eds), Dictionary of National Biography, vol. XX, pp. 455...
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