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CLIP 951

Who were the match girls?

Who were the match girls?

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Key Info
  • Who were the match girls?
  • Duration: 02:56
  • The year 1888 was a milestone in the history of trade unionism, as this was when the match girls (the women and teenage girls working at the Bryant and May match factory in East London) went on strike - and won. The reasons for this are dramatically revealed, explaining it was the first time a group of unskilled workers had gone on strike for recognition of their rights.
  • Subject:



    Women's History: Post-1850

  • Keywords: The match girls, Annie Besant, strike, Bryant and May, matchstick, phosphorus, white phosphorus, trade union
Ideas for use in class
  • Using the dramatic reading of Annie Besant's open letter, students should list the reasons that they can see as to why her campaign was so effective. Would the campaign have been as effective had she simply explained the facts?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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