Louise Raw

Louise Raw is a historian and author of 'Striking a Light'

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Louise Raw

In the summer of 1888, there was uproar on the streets of the East End. 1,400 matchmakers, mostly women and young girls, had walked out of Bryant & May’s factory in Bow and were picketing its gates. This horrified polite society. Victorian women, especially working-class ones from mostly Irish families like these, were supposed to…