Early modem printing was and is perceived as a male trade. However, the printer's
daughter, wife and widow were often involved in his business and some widows even
took over the printing house after the dead of their husbands. Although these widow-printers
were a minority compared to the number of male printers, they often played a crucial
role in the continuation of the family business. This article explores women's work
in sixteenth-century printing houses and the ways in which widow-printers could continue
these businesses by examining four cases in Antwerp.