In October 2019 I submitted my DPhil focused on the transnational movement of women workers and the implications of female migration.
My research charts the employment and migration experiences of foreign, female domestic servants in 19th and early 20th century London. From Norwegians and French to Indians and Russians, who were these women and why did they come to Britain to work as maids, cooks and nannies? How were they ‘othered’ once they arrived and to what extent were they able to benefit from this? I explore how their experiences form the historical context for today's global domestic service industry, so often considered a recent phenomenon, and complicate narratives of male-dominated international migration.
I am funded by an AHRC DTP and a Kellogg College Progress Scholarship.
Foreign female domestic servants in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century London: understanding transnational experiences