By Angela V. John
The pit forehead lasses who taken care of coal and played a number of jobs above floor at British coal mines caused a violent debate approximately women’s paintings within the 19th century.
Seen because the leading instance of degraded womanhood, the pit forehead girl was once considered as an aberration in a masculine area, cruelly torn from her ‘natural sphere’, the house. The, try and limit women’s paintings on the mines within the Eighties highlights the dichotomy among the modern excellent of womanhood and the need and fact of girl handbook labour.
Although just a tiny percent of the colliery labour strength, the pit lasses aroused an curiosity out of all share to their numbers and their paintings turned a attempt case for women’s outside guide employment. Angela John discusses the consequences of this debate, displaying the way it encapsulates some of the ambivalences of past due Victorian attitudes in the direction of working-class lady employment, and while increases wider questions either approximately women’s paintings in industries visible as routinely male enclaves, and concerning the ways that girls in the operating group were provided via historians.This ebook used to be first released in 1980.
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By the Sweat of Their Brow: Women workers at Victorian Coal Mines: Volume 1 (Economic History (Routledge)) by Angela V. John