Agnes Kate Foxwell

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:
Agnes Kate Foxwell

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During World War I, many educated women worked in the munitions factories as forewomen, supervisors, or social workers in charge of young working-class women who flocked to the factories for good pay and the opportunity to advance the war effort. One of the staff of the Woolwich Arsenal was Agnes Kate Foxwell, a university graduate and a suffrage advocator. After getting the welfare supervisor post at the Woolwich, she assisted college graduates to obtain supervisory positions. This chapter presents Foxwell's descriptions of the munitions factories and manufacturing processes. It narrates the experiences of women working within the dangerous sections of the munitions factories. It recounts the everyday tug-of-war of these women had with death in exchange for thirty shillings a week. It discusses the fire hazards and the extra care that women had to take in removing metal so as to avoid explosions. It also discusses the health hazards faced by these women.

Keywords: working-class women; munitions factories; Woolwich Arsenal; Agnes Kate Foxwell; World War I

Chapter.  4050 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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