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Women, Work, and PoliticsBelgium 1830-1914$
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Patricia Penn Hilden

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198228837

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198228837.001.0001

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Women Miners and the Woman Question

Women Miners and the Woman Question

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Women, Work, and Politics

Patricia Penn Hilden

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the emergence of the so-called ‘woman question’ in public debate in Belgium, focusing on women coal miners. It suggests that the discussion on this issue reflected the often bizarre and highly imaginative roles women coal-miners played in the bourgeois imagination during the 1860s and 1870s. This may be attributed to the fact that the debates involved members of the ruling elite.

Keywords:   woman question, women coal-miners, Belgium, working women, ruling elite

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