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Master of Arts




There is no published literature concerning the history of the role of the corporate wife. In fact, what literature there is on the subject ignores the development of the role. The reasons for this may lie in the way knowledge is dealt with in the three disciplines which might be expected to be concerned with the subject: business, history and sociology.

Since women, especially those who do not work outside the home , are often neglected in histories and other research, and since the "work" of the corporate wife is primarily to enhance someone else and not draw attention to herself, it is not surprising that the role has seldom been seriously studied. This thesis is an attempt to examine the role in a historical context, and to trace the way it has developed and changed in reaction to social and cultural forces.