Published by Primary Source Microfilm
Previous title: Women, Industry and Trade Unionism
This collection covers the years 1890 to 1920--a dramatic period for the labor and women's movement in Britain. Key issues and events are extensively documented in more than 700 thematically arranged folders.
Subjects covered include:
- The plight of women within specific trades, factory conditions, wages, overtime, nightwork, training, the effect on health, the number and type of accidents and housing
- The provision of new legislation for women by governments, the Factory and Workshops Acts, the Trade Boards Act and the campaign against sweated labor
- World War I, the increased economic involvement of women and the shrewd exploitation of this involvement to gain suffrage
The active participation of women in organizations such as the Labour Party, the Co-operative Movement, the ILP, the British Socialist Party, the Women's Industrial Council and the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies.
A thematic listing of the files appears on the first reel. A small post-1920 supplementary collection, including the unpublished typescript autobiography of Gertrude Tuckwell, appears on the last reel.