This course will take place online, for a reduced rate of Full £95 / Conc. £71
As women’s working and home lives changed immeasurably through the industrial era, a new figure emerged: the factory girl. For the first time, women worked outside of the home, away from the control of husbands and fathers, and were paid a salary.
Women found kinship with workmates. Suddenly loud, confident gangs of women were promenading arm-in-arm through the streets on their way to and from work, hundreds strong, wearing bold hats and bright colours, singing lewd music hall songs and "cheeking" passers-by.
Various interest groups - churches, trade unions, moralists and even factory owners - united against this outrageous spectacle, to insist that a woman’s place was "in the home". Join this course to discover the stories of these women.
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Who is this course for?
Everyone interested in Victorian London history, women’s history, how work has evolved, workers’ rights, and the development of modern gender roles.
Will I need any equipment or materials?
This course will be held via Zoom. You need a computer/laptop or mobile phone to access the Zoom website, and a reliable internet connection. For further information on how to join a Zoom meeting, you can watch the joining video here.
Will I be assessed?
There is no formal assessment for courses at Bishopsgate Institute. However, to monitor your learning and progress, tutors will assess your participation in classroom activities.
You will learn
By the end of this course, you will have learnt:
- How ideas about a "woman’s place" developed
- Why nineteenth century conditions led to one almighty "battle of the sexes"
- How working-class women fought back – with sisterhood and hatpins
- How the much-maligned factory girl, once blamed for all the ills of Victorian society, became the ascendant "new woman".
Meet the Tutor
Dr Louise Raw
Dr Louise Raw is a historian, author and guest history contributor on BBC Radio London.
Her fascination with the Bryant & May Matchwomen’s real, untold story led to 20 years’ research and the book "Striking a Light", plus an annual Matchwomen’s Festival in Bow.
She has appeared on Radio 4, and in various "history telly", from Who Do You Think You Are to The Victorian Slum.
A woman’s place pre-industrialisation
The factory girl and the woman question
"Working girls" - judgement of sexuality, prostitution, and the Contagious Diseases Act
A woman’s place – attempts to get women back in the home
The New Woman - how "factory girls" resisted the pressure of domestic ideology and fought for their rights
Need to Know
- 19:00 – 21:00
- £95.00/ £71.00 conc.
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Dr Louise Raw
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