The Women's Section at the International Exhibition of 1901 occupied a substantial area at the east end of the Industrial Hall. It was organised by Tessa Mackenzie and divided into five classes: Trades; Education; Applied Art and Handicraft; Nursing and Philanthropy; and Science, Literature and Music.
The main theme was the increasing importance of women to the British economy, although critics suggested there was an over-emphasis on middle-class activities. Traditional skills such as weaving, sewing and cookery were on display, but also trades such as photography and bookbinding. With a shrewd eye on their main customers, the department store owners Pettigrew & Stephens set up a stand in the Women's Section, featuring Belgian lace-makers at work.
Many young women were employed by exhibitors, a large number of them from overseas. A Girl's Club was set up to provide an area where they could relax.
Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 606.4 (1901)
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries and Archives
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