This fascinating guide gives a comprehensive view of the many and varied jobs done by women from 1850-1950.
Arranged alphabetically, it is quite fascinating to see how many different fields women worked in during this period. Of course, there are all the jobs you would expect to find women doing, teacher, nurse, secretary, dressmaker, domestic servant etc, but many others less usual occupations are discussed as well. It is interesting to note that there were a few women gamekeepers in the late 19th century for example, and even lady lighthousekeepers were not unknown, while female blacksmiths seem to have been quite common.
The history of some of the occupations are quite fascinating to read, the account of women mine workers for instance is very interesting, as is the story of women pharmacists, policewomen, and women in the post office. It is interesting to note that some occupations now thought of as being particularly suited to women were regarded as male occupations for much of history. There were few women hairdressers before the early 20th century, for example, and most secretaries were men until the late 19th century.
Reading this book gives you a very good idea of the wide and varied range of occupations that women worked in in the past, and this is an essential work of reference for anyone interested in women's history.