Women On Adventure is a blog by K.L. Webber exploring our rich shared history of women's adventure writing. This curated collection of quotations showcases the opinions and experiences of influential female travellers in their own words.

"A woman’s wages is one paul and three pagnotte, with wine. "

The gender wage gap: present since 1819...

The wages of a man in harvest is two pauls, or nearly a shilling, besides four pagnotte, or little loaves, each weighing eight ounces troy weight, and wine, mixed with one-fourth water, at discretion. A woman’s wages is one paul and three pagnotte, with wine. They heighten the relish of their bread with goat or ewe-milk, cheese, onions, and garlic.

Poli, Italy, 1819


Source: Maria Graham (Lady Calcott), Three Months Passed in the Mountains East of Rome, during the year 1819, A. And R. Spottiswoode, London, 1820

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