Women Workers and Gender Identities, 1835-1913: The Cotton and Metal Industries in England

1st Edition

Carol E. Morgan

Routledge
Published September 6, 2001
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9780415239301 - CAT# RU21684
Series: Women's and Gender History

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Summary

Women Workers and Gender Identities, 1835 - 1913 examines the experiences of women workers in the cotton and small metals industries and the discourses surrounding their labour. It demonstrates how ideas of womanhood often clashed with the harsh realities of working-class life that forced women into such unfeminine trades as chain-making and brass polishing. Thus discourses constructing women as wives and mothers, or associating women's work with distinctly feminine attributes, were often undercut and subverted.

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