The Women's Employment, United States and Great Britain in the Early 20th Century Collection is held in the Macpherson Collection by and about Women at the Ella Strong Denison Library, Scripps College. Contents include magazine articles, flyers, song lyrics, pamphlets, studies, and clippings, published by labor unions, women’s groups, consumers’ leagues, and government bureaus. With the earliest dating from the 1890s, these documents focus primarily on wage inequality, work environments, and emerging labor legislation in the United States prior to World War II, from the sweatshops of New York to canning factories in Wisconsin. A smaller selection of British materials complements these resources, providing other perspectives about employment and suffrage, and chronicling efforts by women's clubs to improve the lives of working women.
For more details about Women's Employment, United States and Great Britain in the Early 20th Century, email Denison@scrippscollege.edu, or consult the OAC Guide.
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