"Women ought to be as free to sell their labour as men..."
First EditionTo the Right Honorable Richard Assheton Cross, M.P., Secretary of Sate for the Home Department. 4 pages. 8 x 5 in. In this document, women workers express fears regarding proposed labor regulations that would limit their ability to earn and would “restrict the paid labour of all women…or even make all married women half-timers.” They claim it is unjust treatment that would harm women workers and pit their marriages at odds with their ability to work: “Your Memorialists assert that it is unjust to place restriction son the labour of unmarried women for the presumed protection of married women or mothers, and further that any special restrictions upon the labour of married women is practically a penalty imposed on marriage as regards to the woman.” Document that reveals the competing priorities for women factory workers between workplace safety and their earning power. Chipping with small losses along top and right edge. Repairs to two tears on page 2. Loss to top left corner. Good condition.
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