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Ellen Ross

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249059

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249059.001.0001

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Edith (Mrs. F. G.) Hogg

Edith (Mrs. F. G.) Hogg

(p.104) 9 Edith (Mrs. F. G.) Hogg
Slum Travelers

Ellen Ross

University of California Press

This chapter discusses Edith (Mrs. F.G.) Hogg, vice president and one of the founders of the Women's Industrial Council (WIC). In 1896, when the government recommended that manufacturing done in the home should be exempted from national safety and hours legislation, WIC activists Edith Hogg and Margaret Gladstone formed a team of women that investigated this type of employment. Both Hogg and Gladstone believed that legislation must protect home workers as well as those in the factories. This chapter focuses on one of these home industries, the preparation of rabbit fur which is sewn into coats. The “fur pullers” were a group of home workers who prepared skins for curing by removing the long coarse hairs of the furs. This group was of particular interest to Hogg. The WIC expanded its investigation; it covered thirty-five London home industries and presented its findings at a conference in November 1897.

Keywords:   Edith Hogg, Women's Industrial Council, national safety legislation, hours legislation, home workers, home industries, fur pullers

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