Women and Girls in the Iron Industry
Many people, especially students, ask us about the role that women and girls played in the iron industry. When a school group visits us, we’re about 99% sure that the question will come up. Usually, students want to know what role they played at Beckley Furnace.
The simple answer is “Well, they did not make iron” but it’s a big topic; certainly bigger than that answer; maybe a huge topic; and the answer isn’t easy.
We’re going to be exploring the topic over several posts, so please stay tuned if this is a question that is meaningful to you. If you ever think about the part gender plays in society today, then the answer to this question is probably going to be of interest to you.