gender and space

Nancy Bowles (nrb6@COLUMBIA.EDU)
Mon, 31 Jan 1994 18:56:23 -0500

I'm currently working on a paper concerning the sexual division of labor in agriculture.
and was wondering if anyone can offer some advice.

One particular idea runs rampant throughout this literature: because of
the demands of childcare, women are spatially limited to the domestic
sphere (brown 1970). It seems that this "tot-tethering" theory has no
empirical backing yet has been used to explain everything from status to

I am wondering if anyone knows of any studies which have chronicled
the daily traveling distances of men vs. women, or women with children vs.
women without. I am particularly concerned with walking as opposed to
studies of commuting etc.

I realize this is a cry out in the dark -- but hope that someone may know
someone to forward this to. Any feminist geographers out there?

Thank you in advance,

Nancy Bowles