Female Provident Society - Document from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

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Date:16th of August 1813

Description:This 'benefit club' claimed to offer women a fighting chance of avoiding hopeless poverty - many years before any worker paid a National Insurance contribution.

This notice details the monthly payments made by working women. Although the payments would never increase, they would be higher for late starters. There is no mention of what would happen in times of unemployment.

The society also encouraged women to pay into a sort of pension scheme. This meant that they would receive an 'annuity' payment after the age of 65.

While the society was run for female workers, it was not run by female workers.

Ladies did have the opportunity to be directors or stewards in four districts within a 10-mile radius of Etruria.

However, the constitution made sure that "three gentlemen of know respectability" should be trustees, and that a gentlemen should also hold the purse-strings.

This notice asks anybody who is interested in the society's work to meet Mrs. Wedgwood at the Etruria Inn on 26 August at 6.30pm.

This document is now among the collections of Stoke-on-Trent Museums.


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