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This is a photo of my great aunt Harriet in 1916, she was 14 years of age working in a tin box factory in Bermondsey as a solderer. This would have been during WW1 and at the introduction of conscription, which made the need for women workers urgent. I wonder if she understood at this time and at her age, the importance of women's roles while the men were away fighting and the struggles that women were still having trying to gain equality in the workplace. Definitely, equality in wages for women and even a minimum wage is nowhere to be seen in fact, one manufacturer in Glamorgan in 1915 argued that some of his women workers were "not intelligent enough" to receive the proposed minimum wage and will have to be replaced with cheaper child workers. My aunt at this time would be one of those child workers probably earning a pittance for long hours of work. Although, from what I've been told, she was probably happier here.
Apparently she had been put into service and the story is that the 'master' of the house had tried it on with her and she had ran away and gone back home.....