Women in the laundry industry in Columbia
"In making this survey of the women in the laundry industry in Columbia, I have attempted to cover, as far as is possible, every condition and fact connected with their home and working life. To do this, I have interviewed personally thirty-one women, visiting them on Saturdays in their homes, and twice a week during the lunch hour at the laundry. The survey lasted from October, 1914, till April, 1915 --a period of twenty-six weeks. Using a list of questions approved by the Department of Sociology, I secured all the information bearing on these questions that each woman could give me. I found all of them willing to talk about themselves and their work. The manager also was very courteous, allowing me to come and go as I pleased and giving me access to the pay-roll, without which I could not have reached the heart of my problem. The information thus gathered, which it is the purpose of this paper to discuss, will be allowed to tell its own story, be it hopeful or otherwise."--Page 1.
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