247 W. Polk
Rand McNally and
view of the present depressed condition of manufactures, and the very
large number of women consequently unemployed, it becomes doubly the
duty of this office to call to the attention of employers the provisions
of the law, touching the hours of work of women and girls in factories
and workshops in the State.
Five and Six of the law . . . specify that the hours between which
work is required of women and girls shall be posted in every room
in which such help is employed, and limit those hours to eight per
many employers of women and girls have given this law prompt obedience
and loyal support, yet the complaint of female employees that they
are required to work more than eight hours per day is so constant
that it is needful to urge once more upon employers the duty of strict
compliance with these sections, not only because obedience to the
law is the duty of the citizen, but also to the end that overworked
women and children may be relieved of excessive toil, and a portion,
at least, of the unemployed may find work to do.
Kelley to Rand McNally, & Co., January
8. Why is Florence Kelley writing
this letter to manufacturing companies?