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Essays on Woman's Work

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, 19th Century

  • Date Published: September 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108020817

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  • Bessie Rayner Parkes (1829–1925) was an English poet, writer and prominent early feminist best known for her campaigns for women's right to work and receive professional training. After meeting fellow feminist activist Barbara Bodichon (1827–1891) they founded the first English feminist journal, The English Woman's Review in 1858. Parkes served as its principal editor between 1858–1864. This volume, first published in 1865 and containing several essays from The English Woman's Review, advocates for young middle-class women to be given the opportunity to work and earn a living in safe conditions with fair pay. Parkes links the changes in society caused by the Industrial Revolution to the need for women to work. Her reassurance that married women should still be supported by their husbands illustrates how Parkes, like other contemporary feminists, worked within the contemporary social framework and used existing social norms to justify her aims.

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    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108020817
    • length: 254 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introductory
    2. The changes of eighty years
    3. Educated destitution
    4. The profession of the teacher
    5. Other professions
    6. Business
    7. Co-operation
    8. Works of benevolence
    9. Means of education
    10. Social economy.

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    Bessie Rayner Parkes

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