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Transcript from original newspaper article: -


Census Report - The Women of Great Britain.CENSUS REPORT. The Women of Great Britain. – There are 355,969 old maids (above 40 years of age) in Great Britain. There are 1,407,225 spinsters between 20 and 40, and 1,413,912 bachelors of the same age. In the list of the occupations of women, there are 88 authoresses, 18 editors or public writers, 643 actresses, 135 danseuses, 16 equestrians. Of the female domestics no less than 675,311 are entered under the denomination of “general servants.” Of the higher class servants, the housemaids are more numerous than the cooks, and the former being 55,935 and the latter only 48,306, and there are above 50,000 “housekeepers,” and nearly 40,000 nurses. The charwomen are no less then 55,423 in number.


*Likely to be from an early 19th century census e.g. 1851 or 1841 as by 1861 there were over six million unmarried women (excluding widows), see the Census Records 1861 (UK Population Tables)?

Early Victorian Women
People
Spinsters over 40 years old
355,969
Spinster between 20 and 40 years of age
1,407,225
Total Spinsters (from age 20)
1,763,194
 
Bachelors between 20 and under 40 years old
1,413,912

Women in Occupation during the early Victorian Era
Authoresses
88
Editors or public writers
18
Actresses
643
Danseuses
135
Equestrians
16

Women in Domestic Service
General Servants
675,311
Housemaids
55,935
Cooks
48,306
Housekeepers
50,000
Nurses
40,000
Charwomen
55,423
Total Women in Domestic Service (approx.)
924,975

 

Relevant link: - Occupations: census returns for 1851, 1861 and 1871