Resources

Image: Kate Lewis reading a book by Edward Burne-Jones

This page is regularly updated.

The history of women at work

Blogs / specialist sites
Sisters of the lens – celebrating women photographers from the 1850s to the 1950s
Woman and her Sphere – a wealth of suffrage stories as well as insights into the world of work
Women Engineers History – histories of women working in engineering and construction

Books
A Woman’s Place 1910-1975 by Ruth Adam (1975, new afterword. 2000) Published by Persephone Books, this is a readable social history of the place of women in society in the 20th century with a strong focus on work.
Enterprising Women: The Garretts and their Circle by Elizabeth Crawford (2002). Elizabeth Crawford is also the author of the blog Woman and her Sphere.
Significant Sisters by Margaret Forster (1984). This book focuses on eight areas of change, such as the Law, the Professions, Education, Politics and Birth Control and the women who drove them including Caroline Norton, Elizabeth Blackwell, Emily Davies and Margaret Sanger.
Magnificent Women and Their Revolutionary Machines by Henrietta Heald (2019). Explores the founding of the Women’s Engineering Society in 1919 and in particular the stories of Katharine and Rachel Parsons and Caroline Haslett.
Rebel Women Between the Wars: Fearless Writers and Adventurers by Sarah Lonsdale (2020). A multiple biography of women in mountaineering, politics, engineering and journalism.
Women in Business, 1700-1850 by Nicola Phillips (2006).
Women and the Women’s Movement in Britain 1914-1959 by Martin Pugh (1993) Fills in the gap between the end of Edwardian suffragism and the feminist movements of the 1960s.
Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders by Jane Robinson (2020). Focuses on the lives of professional women who could pursue their careers as a result of the 1919 Sex Disqualification Removal Act. Particular focus on medicine, law, academia, architecture, engineering and the Church.

Specialist research bodies
The Women’s Library – London School of Economics
The Bedford Centre for the History of Women and Gender – Royal Holloway, University of London

Women at Work today

Blogs / specialist sites
Catalyst – Workplaces that Work for Women
The First 100 Years – the past and future of women in the legal profession
Women in Banking and Finance – an industry-wide membership network
The Fawcett Society – campaigning for, among other things, pay equality for women

Books
What Works: Gender Equality by Design by Iris Bohnet (2016) Explores the role of behavioural design in creating a fairer workplace.
Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez (2019) Exposes the role that a data bias towards men plays in women’s lives.