Women in Glasshouses - Early Jobs for Women|
Posting Number 3426 Date: 07/22/20 Return to Posting List
In 1850, census takers recording information in Sandwich, Massachusetts, home to the famed Boston & Sandwich Glass Company, failed to record a single occupation for a female resident. The activities of the women of Sandwich were not yet deemed worthy of recording.
At the turn of the 20th century, the number of women entering the workforce began to rise. Growing alongside this trend was the demand for glass. Some women found a foothold in the thriving glass tableware industry, but, overall, they were limited in the tasks they performed. They were almost entirely kept out of glass blowing and pressing, coming into the production line when the glass left the furnace room. The wide range of jobs that women held were largely unskilled or low-skilled. Unwilling to accept women into lengthy apprenticeships, factories hired women to perform tasks that required minimal training. The women who worked at glass factories at this time were young, in their late teens and 20s, and tended to leave the workforce when they married, allowing only a handful of years to work.
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Regan Brumagen, manager of the public services team at the Rakow Library at CMoG, is coordinating a series of articles in the CMoG Blog this year marking the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment.
Early Jobs for Women
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