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WPU Lunch & Learn Series: Valerie G. Hall, Ph.D.

Main Parlor, 1st Floor Main Building

Wed Oct 16th, 2013

12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.


WOMEN AT WORK 1860-1939: How Different Industries Shaped Women’s Experiences

William Peace University is delighted to welcome back Valerie G. Hall, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, to William Peace University to present at the October Lunch & Learn Series event.

Dr. Hall's book, "Women at Work 1860-1939: How Different Industries Shaped Women's Experiences" examines three different groups of women living in north-east England – in coal mining communities, in inshore fishing communities and in agricultural labor.

It demonstrates how the work these groups undertook was fundamental in shaping their experiences as women in different ways and shows that women’s experiences varied within class as well as between classes.

The book illustrates how mining women, despite being restricted to domestic roles, created, through meticulous housekeeping , a power base in their homes and rendered their husbands dependent upon them, while a minority took so active a role in politics that they were said to be “the backbone of the Labour Party”; how fisher women, engaging in a household economy reminiscent of pre-modern times, exercised great influence on financial decision-making through their roles in baiting lines and selling fish; and how some single female agricultural laborers enjoyed considerable autonomy whereas those who were tied in a family economy had little independence. 

Overall, the book contributes to women’s history, to labor history and to economic and social history.

Dr. Hall is a former professor of History and will present her lecture on Oct. 16 in Main Parlor at 12 p.m.

William Peace University is pleased to open this event to the public. The event will include a bag lunch provided by Sodexo.

Event Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Event Location: Main Parlor

Tickets: $10 Adults / $5 Students (Note: a 3% entertainment tax is included in the ticket price.)

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