Monday, March 2, 2015

Women and the Trades: Pittsburgh, 1907-1908

In honor of our female ancestors, here are some excerpts from Women and the Trades: Pittsburgh, 1907-1908, which you can view on Google Books.
"The customary working day for women in Pittsburgh factories is ten hours. This may be shortened in some industries to five hours on Saturday, but in general, the working work is 60 hours long. In part, this customary limit to hours of work is due to the Pennsylvania law, which has for 12 years limited the working week to 60 hours; in part it is due to the general tendency, both in Europe and in the United States, to regard 10 hours a day as a reasonable maximum for women's work."
Genealogy and Pittsburgh Women
"Lunch Room for Workers in a Stogy Factory"
"The numbers of women workers in competitive industry are greater, not less, than they were fifty years ago, or twenty-five years ago, or ten years ago. There is every indication that these numbers will continue actually and proportionately to increase. We have no reason to think that the problems presented by the industrial employment of women will be solved by a cessation of that employment. But there is reasonable prospect that through change in the conditions of their labor much that seems evil in it may be done away, and the participation of women in industry may become a force of permanent value."
According to the publication, the top Pittsburgh trade groups based on the total number of women workers were:
  1. Mercantile Houses
  2. Food Production
  3. Cleaning Industries
  4. Stogy Industry
  5. Metal Trades
  6. Needle Trades
  7. Miscellaneous Manufacturers
  8. Lamps and Glass
  9. Telephone and Telegraph
  10. Printing Trades
Take a moment this month to remember the working women in your family tree.

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