Advert For A Club Room For Working Girls
Medium: Print on paper
The 19th century was a period of liberation for women, entering domestic service or becoming a governess was no longer the only career available for upper working and middle class women. There were jobs as primary school teachers, nurses and shop assistant for those with the basic skills of reading and writing. The 1870 Education Act set up a system of education boards and established state schools for the working classes. In 1880, education became compulsory and in 1891 education became free. Clubs like the one featured on this leaflet would have been popular places for older women to learn basic skills that the children were offered at school.