London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1937. 1st Edition. Small octavo, publisher's gray cloth, spine stamped in black, original photo-montage illustrated dust jacket.
Hard-nosed statistical survey on the role and distribution of women in the British work force on the eve of World War II, by suffragette, pacifist, and founding member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, Joan Beauchamp. Attention is paid to industry breakdowns, comparative wages, unskilled and unpaid labor, the paths toward organizaiton, and individual case histories: "D. is a saleswoman at a sixpenny stores. She works about 50 hours a week (no pay for overtime) and is standing all day. Chairs are provided, but it is not 'the thing' to use them. Her pay is 22s. 6d. a week; when she has paid her insurances, fares, and for the meals she has to have away from home, she has only 15s. left." Illustrated with numerous black-and-white photos, charts and diagrams. Lawrence and Wishart, the book's publisher, had been founded the year prior as an organ of the UK's anti-fascist Popular Front, and is still in operation (though with a moderated mission statement). Faint early owner signature to title-page, occasional pencil underlining to text; light foxing to endpapers. Moderate chipping to extremities of price-clipped dust jacket, with some toning to spine. About very good. Item #231