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Good Girl Work Catherine Gourley

Good Girl Work

Catherine Gourley

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ISBN : 9780761309512
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It didnt take eighteenth- and nineteenth-century factory owners long to realize from what source their cheapest, best unskilled labor could come: women and girls. Small, delicate, nimble fingers were good for peeling burning-hot biscuits from trayMoreIt didnt take eighteenth- and nineteenth-century factory owners long to realize from what source their cheapest, best unskilled labor could come: women and girls. Small, delicate, nimble fingers were good for peeling burning-hot biscuits from tray after tray. They were good for stitching, sewing, threading, and weaving. Eventually, society as a whole came to believe that not only were the girls good for the work, but the work was good for the girls. Unskilled and uneducated, here was a way a poor girl could help her family. Working girls remained working girls no matter what their age -- ladies were something else entirely. In the late nineteenth century, the girls began to recognize their plight and then organize to change it. Told through first-person accounts from a wide variety of sources, this is their story.