Why history? Women, families and money in Victorian Britain

Thu 18 Mar 2021, 18:00 - 19:00

Live subtitling
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Sharing insights from the past that help us to make sense of the present.

The Victorian period is feted as a unique – if short-lived – moment of British greatness, which enjoyed sustained rises in GDP, real wages, and all other measurable elements of economic growth. But what implications did this have for both gender inequality and for women’s living standards? In this event, Emma Griffin discusses the structures of working and family life in 19th-century Britain, the dependence on male wages, the inequality of opportunity women faced and why the gender pay gap is still an issue today.

Her book, Bread Winner: An Intimate History of the Victorian Economy was published last year.

Sign up to gain further insights into the history of women and work and current debates as well as the opportunity to submit your question during the audience Q&A.

Speaker: Professor Emma Griffin, former British Academy Mid-Career Fellow; Professor of Modern British History, University of East Anglia and President, Royal Historical Society

Chair: Farhana Haider, Journalist and Broadcaster, Presenter for the BBC World Service’s Witness History

Free, booking required

This event will have live subtitles provided by StageTEXT, delivered by MyClearText. In addition British Sign Language interpretation will be provided by Sarah Meeks (RSLI) and Frances Everingham (RSLI).

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