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4,815. Searching round for a woman’s cause Annie [Besant] found one in the teenage match-girls who worked amidst phosphorous fumes for Bryant and May in East London. They were paid just between four and ten shillings a week, and if they had dirty feet or an untidy bench they were fined, taking more money out of their already pathetic wages. Most horrifying of all, the girls ran the constant risk of contracting the hideously disfiguring Phossy Jaw, since Bryant and May persisted in the use of phosphorous which other match companies had given up. (Woman & Matchsticks & Work & Socialism & Strike & Industrial Action) Simon Schama, A History of Britain: Victoria And Her Sisters
4,816. The owners of Bryant and May threatened the girls with instant dismissal if they didn’t sign a document repudiating the article [White Slavery in London] and the journalists ... A strike committee was formed ... George Bernard Shaw volunteered as the cashier of the strike fund ... Annie Besant and the girls were triumphant. (Woman & Matchsticks & Work & Socialism & Strike & Industrial Action & Solidarity & Unity) ibid.
50,586. Boyle had stumbled upon the secret ingredient of a match ... phosphorus. Chemistry: A Volatile History
50,587. More than one million matchsticks went into the construction of this Rolls-Royce, made by Englishman Reg Pollard in 1987. He used the most matchsticks ever recorded in one model – 1,016,711! Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! 2006
90,120. What the matchgirls did next. In July 1888 1,400 women and girls walked out through the gates of the Bryant and May match factory here in Bow East London. (Suffragette & Rights & Women & Equality & Feminine & Strike & Matchsticks & Industrial Action & Solidarity & Action) Amanda Vickery, Suffragettes: Forever! The Story of Women and Power II
90,121. Just what could be achieved with direct action: a new type of political protest was born. Banner: National Federation of Women Workers. (Suffragette & Rights & Women & Equality & Feminine & Strike & Matchsticks & Industrial Action & Solidarity & Action) ibid.