Women of Victorian Sussex: Their Status, Occupations and Dealings with the Law, 1830-1870

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This groundbreaking book shatters many myths about the lives of working women in 19th-century England. We move amongst publicans and pew-openers, pickpockets and poisoners, taking in courtroom dramas and domestic battles, as the social and legal status of women is examined in a wide-ranging overview that is constantly enlivened by fascinating local detail. As the story unfolds we find women at work in 180 occupations. We meet some memorable characters trying to survive in the male-dominated world of Victorian society. Some beat the system; some are destroyed by it; others live outside it. Their stories are told in this absorbing study, richly illustrated with newspaper reports and advertisements, providing a unique historical resource.

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A delightful read as well as an informative one. -- Pat Wheable

A forgotten world of daily struggles against appalling injustice – tragic, brave, stubborn, desperate and comic. -- Richard Elmore

Essential reading for those who wish to study early social conditions as part of their family or local history. -- Jim Brown

Miss Wojtczak has added a new lustre to the re-discovered history of women. -- Val Brown

Rather splendid... Fascinating stuff. -- Sussex Express

The book is a riot of colourful detail and diverting insight. -- Rachel Rodmire, local reviewer

Well-researched, scholarly and immensely readable ... provides a vivid account of life lived by women. -- Rt. Hon Tony Benn, letter to the author, January 2004

Will keep the reader spellbound. A fine reference book, worthy of a place on any historian’s book shelf. -- Ray Hatley, www.history.uk.com, December 2003

About the Author:

HELENA WOJTCZAK BSC (HONS) was born in Shoreham-by-Sea and grew up in Brighton and London. While working for the railway she took a degree in social sciences, specialising in psychology, followed by three years’ postgraduate study in social and oral history. She has been a Consultant
Historian to the National Railway Museum, for which she co-wrote a major exhibition on female railway workers in 1996-7. In 1998 St Mary-in-the-Castle Arts Centre, Hastings, displayed her research on the suffrage movement and in 2002 she wrote and produced an exhibition on Victorian
Working Women for Hastings Museum.

Helena has written and designed two award-winning history websites: Railway Women in Wartime and Women of
Hastings and St Leonards and has contributed to several others including The Victorian Web and Encyclopedia Titanica. She has been featured in newspapers
and magazines, and has appeared on BBC television and radio.

Helena has previously written for the Oxford University Press, the Railway Ancestors Family History Society, the Hastings Press and Hunter House Publishing, as well as for various magazines. She lives in Sussex.

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