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Family history: Women's Employment Options in Victorian and Edwardian Times

What do you know about the lives of your female ancestors? This is family history from a different point of view.

It's much harder to find out about whether they worked and what they did. Learn how the industrial revolution changed living conditions for women. The workhouse system forced them to take jobs, no matter how appalling the conditions or how poorly paid. Ian Porter describes the jobs that Victorian working class women took and the limited work opportunities for middle class women until 1870. Ian will then describe the vast changes your great (great) grandmothers lived to see in the jobs they could do, like office and shop work. Ian will also cover the Suffragettes and the jobs women did in World War 1. For more information on booking this talk, and a full list of all our events, please visit our website.


Ian Porter | talks


Date and Time:

21 February 2015 at 10:30 am


2 hours 30 minutes



Society of Genealogists
14 Charterhouse Buildings
Goswell Road
020 7553 3290

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