Supplied by Hastings Press.
Their Status, Occupations and Dealings with the Law 1830 ~ 1870
This is a ground breaking book, packed full of fascinating details about women's lives in early to mid Victorian England.
The women in the book have been described as “brave, tragic, stubborn, desperate and comic” in their struggles to carve out a life against appalling injustice.
The book is divided into four sections:
1. Status. This covers:
Women’s Special Status;
The Education of Girls;
Pregnancy and Childbearing;
Crinolines and Bloomers.
2. Occupations. The largest section, which describes women’s work in the areas of Business and Trade;
Shops and Services;
Baths, Books and Billiards; Personal and Medical Services;
Bed and Board;
The Liquor Trade;
Toll- Collectors and Caretakers;
Matrons and Superintendents;
Sea and Beach Occupations;
Walking the Streets;
The Occupation of Ladies.
3. Women and the Law includes sections on:
Women as Perpetrators: (Licensees; Street Nuisances;
Theft and Fraud;
Women as Victims: (Assaults and Murders; Sexual Crimes.)
Improvements in Women’s Legal Status;
An Introduction to Some Sussex Feminists.
To round it off there is a list of further reading, an appendix and a comprehensive index.
By Helena Wojtczak