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WOMEN WORKERS

exhibition number: Agriculture 31

Women were seen to be ploughing and leading horses ploughing in 1802.

Lipscombe, R., (1802) Journey into south Wales, (London), pp. 111-112

In 1870 'Women servants tend to cattle, clean out the stables, load dung carts, plant and dig potatoes, hoe, take up, top and tail turnips and in spring drive the harrow, but are never trusted with horses and carts on the high road'.

The Third Report of the Committee on the Employment of Children etc in Agriculture (1870), p. 52

After this date, men took over some of this heavier work, and the women concentrated of looking after the cattle and dairies. Men's hands were considered to be too dirty to milk cows. Later, as machinery replaced some of the manual work, men began to do the milking too.

Jenkins, David, (1971), The Agricultural Community in South-West Wales, p. 76

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