1st Edition

Victorian Working Women An historical and literary study of women in British industries and professions 1832-1850

By Wanda F. Neff Copyright 2006
    296 Pages
    by Routledge

    296 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book was first published in 1929. The working woman was not, a Victorian institution. The word spinster disproves any upstart origin for the sisterhood of toil. Nor was she as a literary figure the discovery of Victorian witers in search of fresh material. Chaucer included unmemorable working women and Charlotte Bronte in 'Shirley' had Caroline Helstone a reflection that spinning 'kept her servants up very late'. It seems that the Victorians see the women worker as an object of oity, portrated in early nineteenth century as a victim of long hours, injustice and unfavourable conditions. This volume looks at the working woman in British industries and professions from 1832 to1850.


    1. Introduction

    2. The textile worker

    3. The non-textile worker

    4. The dressmaker

    5. The governess

    6. The idle woman

    7. Conclusion


    Wanda F. Neff