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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.....
What a fabulous photo to have and the story behind it. My grandmother was in service as a young girl and they had it really hard. I often think that we don't know we are living today in comparison to what they had to do back then. Fabulous page Karen...xxx
 
What an amazing story about your Great Aunt Harriet I cannot imagine what it was like to have to work under those circumstances and be treated as if they were not intelligent woman, in those days woman were the back bone of all men and kept the workforce going while the men were at war and at 14 years old they were still children and as you said forced into work for a pittance of a wage....I dont think this modern world as we know it have children of that age that would do the work that they did ....your page is a wonderful tribute to your Great Aunt and to all the tin box girls that were from her era....
I love every step you made in this challenge it makes your page that extra special with this tribute I am truly moved Thank you for sharing those times Karen and for the beautiful final page GSO for you.xxx
 
What an amazing story about your Great Aunt Harriet I cannot imagine what it was like to have to work under those circumstances and be treated as if they were not intelligent woman, in those days woman were the back bone of all men and kept the workforce going while the men were at war and at 14 years old they were still children and as you said forced into work for a pittance of a wage....I dont think this modern world as we know it have children of that age that would do the work that they did ....your page is a wonderful tribute to your Great Aunt and to all the tin box girls that were from her era....
I love every step you made in this challenge it makes your page that extra special with this tribute I am truly moved Thank you for sharing those times Karen and for the beautiful final page GSO for you.xxx
Mary thank you so much, you've made my day - I love family history and old photos and I especially like the stories behind the photos, when you have them. They would have been very hard times for the working class - you can tell in the photo how poor they all are. xx
 
What a fabulous photo to have and the story behind it. My grandmother was in service as a young girl and they had it really hard. I often think that we don't know we are living today in comparison to what they had to do back then. Fabulous page Karen...xxx
Thank you and I agree with not realising what we have now - our lives are luxury compared to how they were back then.
 
Stunning page Karen, love the story, is so unique and so relevant, thanks so much for joining the challenge with this precious page, xxx
 
Fantastic page and love the story, Karen. Although things are a lot better, now, there's still a pretty long road ahead. :-f
 

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