I-"Prisoners of Poverty: Women wage-workers, their trades and their lives" - Helen Campbell - New York Tribune

I-"Prisoners of Poverty: Women wage-workers, their trades and their lives" - Helen Campbell - New York Tribune

"Worker and Trade"

by: Helen Campbell | publication date: October 24, 1886 | Publication: The New York Tribune | pages: 13

The difficulties to be faced by the woman whose only way of self-support is limited to the needle, whether in machine or hand work, are fourfold. (1) Her own incompetency must very often head the list and prevent her from securing first-class work; (2) middle-men or sweaters lower the price to starvation point; (3) contract work done in prisons or reformatories brings about the same result; and (4) she is underbid from still another quarter, that of the country woman who takes the work at any price offered.

This first installment of Campbell's "Prisoners of Poverty" series for the New York Tribune provides an overview of the kinds of work and conditions faced by women wage-laborers throughout New York City.