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Match Girls Strike Radical Tea Towel

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... Besant is perhaps best known today for her involvement with the London match girls’ strike of 1888 at Bryant and May’s match factory in London.

The workers were mainly poorly paid young women who were prone to industrial illnesses, like the bone-rotting phossy jaw caused by chemicals used in match manufacture.

Besant had been asked for help to set up a union and she went on to lead the women into a strike, forcing the firm to improve pay and conditions. Besant’s campaign was seen as a landmark victory in the early years of British socialism.

Half Panama unbleached cotton (heavy weight, textured finish). Stitched on all four sides. Includes hanging loop. Measures approximately 48cm x 70cm. Machine wash at 40 degrees max.

We recommend that before you use your tea towel for the first time you wash it at least once to soften up the material and make it more absorbent for drying dishes. Please note size can vary slightly.