According to the records of the tallow chandler’s company, from the fourteenth century on there are numerous instances of women who were indentured to tallow makers. They served apprenticeships along side men, as well as owning shops making candles and soap. It was said that the employment differed little than that of a milliner’s shop apprentice.
Bellis, Sarah, Bo[ugh]t of Sarah Bellis, Tallow-Chandler, London: 1764, Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Accessed July 05, 2020, https://exhibits.library.duke.edu/exhibits/show/baskin/item/4437