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The Political Writings of Eva Gore-Booth$
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Sonja Tiernan

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088742

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088742.001.0001

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Women’s suffrage and women’s trade unionism

Women’s suffrage and women’s trade unionism

(p.7) Part I Women’s suffrage and women’s trade unionism (p.8)
The Political Writings of Eva Gore-Booth
Sonja Tiernan
Manchester University Press

Gore-Booth was adamant that industrial and political reforms were intrinsically linked. In her many writings on this subject, she argued that it was not enough to grant women the vote with property qualifications, as so few women owned or rented property it would make little difference. Gore-Booth argued that it was working women who suffered the most in the industrial world. Women received less pay than their male counterparts, had few opportunities to progress within their employment and had no legal protection against sexual harassment in the work-place. Women, Gore-Booth maintained, would only become equal in the work place when they received a political franchise through voting at general elections. Gore-Booth refused to separate the issues of women’s suffrage and trade unionism and therefore, her writings on these areas are grouped here in one section. The writings in this section often represent the interests of organisations which Gore-Booth was involved with or founded including the Manchester and Salford Women’s Trade Union’s Council; the Lancashire and Cheshire Women Textile and Other Workers’ Representation Committee and Barmaids’ Political Defence League.

Keywords:   Trade Union, Equal pay, Barmaids, Labour, Women’s Social and Political Union

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