A survey of government reports and the archives and journals of other agencies interested in industrial health in early twentieth-century Britain has led us to conclude that, in addition to apprehension about the potentially harmful impact of industrial work on the reproductive health of women, there was a great deal of interest in the health of young, unmarried girls in the workplace, particularly the factory. Adopting a broader time frame, we suggest that the First World War, with its emphasis on the reproductive health of women, was an anomalous experience in a broader trend which stressed the growing acceptability of women's work within industry.
- women's history
- twentieth-century Britain
- health and beauty
Long, V., & Marland, H. (2009). From danger and motherhood to health and beauty: health advice for the factory girl in early twentieth-century Britain. Twentieth Century British History, 20(4), 454-481. https://doi.org/10.1093/tcbh/hwp027