The Tobacco and Hat Industries, 1890–1914
The main aim of this comparison is to assess and qualify differences between both industries in terms of workforce and work organisation, trade unions’ attitudes to women and women’s membership and participation in order to get a better understanding of the factors that could have had an impact on female workers’ attitude towards trade unions.
By making women’s presence more visible, therefore more apprehensible, this book contributes to a better understanding of the way in which women perceived themselves, and were perceived, as workers, women, union members and militants in French trade union history prior to 1914.
Table 1: Proportion of women in industry*
Source: Madeleine Guilbert, Les Femmes et l’organisation syndicale avant 1914 (Paris: CNRS, 1966), 14.
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