The Woman Worker

Unlocking Ideas Worth Fighting For

banner National Federation of Women Workers banner, People’s History Museum

In 1903, aged 23, Mary Macarthur arrived in London as Secretary of the Women’s Trade Union League.  In 1906 she established the National Federation of Women Workers to organise women against the sweated industries and in their fight for the working wage.  Between its establishment and its 1921 combination with the National Union of General Workers the NFWW made many advances for women working in industries, for example playing a “major part in inducing the Liberal government to pass the 1909 Trade Boards Act” (Mary Davis, Manchester Metropolitan University).


First published in 1906 by the NFWW, The Woman Worker sought to further the work of the Federation through a combination of anecdotes, informative articles, allegories and relevant advertisements.

“To teach the need for unity, to help improve working conditions, to present a monthly picture of the many activities of women Trade…

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