Mr C.J. Whellams the organiser of the National Agricultural Labourers Union in Buckinghamshire in 1872 stated
"With respect to single women who earn from 3s - 4s a week that they did not get the wages of a general servant in London or £10 per year anywhere
he mentioned that women labourers were a bad principle and if young women obtained respectable situations they would not wear out their clothes as they did in the fields"
speaking at a National Union of Agricultural Labourers meeting on the evening of Friday 24th May 1872 at Chalfont St Peters Buckinghamshire