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Sweatshops. Even the factory inspector was horrified by the appalling conditions that female labourers in the East End had to endure – and they were not alone. Bottom left inset: The small office of the Association for the Promotion of the Employment of Women, at Langham Place in London, saw a constant stream of women seeking help. It had been established in 1857 by Barbara Bodichon and her colleagues. Inset: Barbara Bodichon (1827–1891), the feminist pioneer, who also helped to found Girton College, Cambridge. Original artwork for illustration on pp16–17 of Look and Learn issue no 1017 (5 September 1981).

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