Not Only The Dangerous Trades: Women's Work And Health In by Barbara Harrison

By Barbara Harrison

Utilizing unique examine and targeting occupational ill-health on the subject of girls employees, this publication provides a standpoint for the research of either gender and paintings and paintings and ill-health. the writer offers a critique of conventional theoretical bills of gender kinfolk, country intervention and business ill-health. The chapters learn the level to which feminist activists bought all for debates approximately health and wellbeing and business paintings, and exhibit how activists went past the troubles of suffrage.; The e-book provides a historic interval which was once marked by way of a transformation within the function of the country with recognize to intervention in commercial stipulations, and analyses the accident of this with 3 different major advancements: the expansion of craftsmanship in commercial affliction; the employment of girls within the manufacturing facility to tackle duties with regards to different girls; and adjustments towards feminist activism. In gentle of this research, the writer means that a few theoretical ways to either gender kin and health and wellbeing and security requisites require amendment.

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Data on pay presents us with many difficulties. Generally we have to rely on anecdotal evidence, enquiries into specific trades or areas of women’s employment and statistical evidence which, despite its more systematic basis, still had numerous flaws which cast doubt on its accuracy. That said, a consensus emerges as to typical levels of pay across a variety of women’s employment. These show some universal features: that women’s pay was lower than men’s although the ratio may have varied; that these differentials did not change much over the decades considered here or thereafter; that opportunities for higher wages were very limited; and that differentials between ‘middle-class’ occupations and ‘working-class’ work were evident but were not of any magnitude.

20 Similar practices to those in Ireland were common among glove-makers in Somerset and knitters of fishermen’s jerseys in Cornwall. 21 Although he is not speaking specifically about women, their relatively greater lack of power in the workplace made them particularly vulnerable to these forms of abuse. Gould was not the only official to describe the operation of ‘truck’ as pernicious or harassing. In 1898,22 deductions were made from the wages of young match-workers to pay for their parents’ rent arrears.

94 This reference to referral highlights a particular problem for factory administration in relation to their ability to achieve improvements, because the administrative base for regulatory arrangements was not located within the Factory Department. The 1891 Factories Act brought a change in the administrative responsibility for sanitary conditions in factories and workshops, removing this from the factory inspectorate to local authorities. Within local sanitary authorities there was already a body of expertise in the form of sanitary inspectors and medical officers of health to do this kind of work.

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