All The Fault of the Plough

Via The Economist I found a fascinating paper on the cultural history of the workplace gender divide (pdf). According to a group of researchers at Harvard the idea that “a woman’s place is in the home” is strongly correlated with the development of plough-based agriculture. Most of the paper is, of course, given over to the research, and justification of the significance of the findings, so it is not an entertaining read, but the conclusions are certainly interesting.