To Vera Brittain
and some of her contemporaries, Women and Labour was the Bible of the Women's Movement. It influenced the writings of many early-twentieth-century feminists, including historian Alice Clark
and suffragette Constance Lytton
published her ground-breaking The Working Life of Women in the Seventeenth Century. She opened a new topic in history: women's work was as yet unexamined in other periods besides this one.