A Woman’s Work is Never Done


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Elizabeth Andrews was one of the most influential female political activists of the early 20th century, yet her contribution has never been given the plaudits received by men of the same era.

Born in 1882 she was one of eleven children in a Rhondda mining family too poor to afford an education for their clever daughter. She cared desperately for the suffering she saw around her and vowed to change the lot of miners' wives and mothers in the South Wales valleys. She highlighted their hard, relentless lives as they coped with overcrowded houses, poor sanitation and the tragically high death rate among their children.

A Woman's Work is Never Done, first published in 1957, is a rare first-hand account of a childhood and family life in the Rhondda at the end of the nineteenth century. It describes the pioneering work that led to Andrews becoming the Labour Party's first Women's Organiser for Wales from 1919-1947.

In this new edition, her newspaper articles on poverty and its impact on mining families give a further insight into the struggles of women and the working class for a better life.

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Weight .178 kg
Dimensions 18.6 × 12.3 × 1 cm