women at work

Demeter Archive - Women at Work

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Women in Northern Ireland and Belfast have always worked in and outside the home, though it is only work done outside the home for pay that is traditionally thought of as work. In the early 20th there was a shift from agriculture and domestic work to working in factories, mills and other industries in Northern Ireland and especially in Belfast. Belfast was known as a vibrant commercial and industrial centre in the 18th and 19th centuries.   These thriving industries included linen, rope-making, tobacco, engineering and shipbuilding. It was the linen industry and the production of textiles that were predominately women’s work, daughters following sisters and mothers who followed their mothers, generation after generation.   


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