Clementina Black and Adele (Lady Carl) Meyer

Ellen Ross

in Slum Travelers

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249059
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940055 | DOI:
Clementina Black and Adele (Lady Carl) Meyer

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This chapter discusses Clementina Black and Adele (Lady Carl) Meyer. Black was a novelist born to a wealthy family. She was well educated in languages, geography, literature, and mathematics. Compelled by dedication and untiring industriousness, she joined many organizations concerned with the welfare of working-class women. In 1897, when the Women's Industrial Council (WIC) was established, she became the president of the organization. In her capacity, she helped to sustain a campaign to regulate wages in the “sweated” (very-low wage) industries. In 1906, she became one of the members of the executive board of the Anti-Sweating League. She was also a suffragist. Adele Meyer, a society hostess, was Black's colleague in the Anti-Sweating League and WIC. Like Black, Meyer was also a suffragist and a leader in social work. Meyer subsidized the study of women's home manufacturing that lead to Makers of Our Clothes. In the present chapter, the focus is on WIC's Makers of Our Clothes, a study which focused on the conditions of women's work in London, particularly in the tailoring, dressmaking, and underclothing trades. WIC's study revealed that the problem with married women's work was the low pay rates, which forced women to work around the clock.

Keywords: Clementina Black; Adele Meyer; working-class women; Women's Industrial Council; Anti-Sweating League

Chapter.  5541 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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