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  • 1. ENGLISH 4 LISTENING WORK LETTERS FROM WORKING WOMEN FROM BBC1, GOOD MORNING WITH ANNE AND NICK, 1994 "First published in 1915, this unique book was compiled as part of a campaign for nationally funded maternal and infant care grants for needy women. The letters were written in response to a request by Margaret Llewelyn Davies, General Secretary of the women's cooperative Guild, a social, economic, and political organization established in Britain in 1883. For the first time, working women's voices were heard on all aspects of childbearing as mothers themselves experienced it. The accounts give a wrenching picture of poverty and hardship, but, at the same time, inspiring testimony of courage and resourcefulness." Now, in 1915 a book was published (A1) which ……………….. (B1 cause) a moving (A2) record of the cou……………….. (B2) and self-sacrifice (A3) involved in br……………….. (B3) up a family in extremely poor circumstances (A4) at the t……………….. (B4) of the century. In a moment we’ll find out if things have improved (A5) over the last 80 years. First of ……………….. (B5), this is the way we used (A6) to live in Edwardian England. App……………….. (B6) living (A7) conditions, b……………….. (B7) control ignorance and high male unemployment (A8) ………………..B8 (force) women to work well into their pregnancy (A9) and quickly after conf……………….. (B9). If she was not working long (A10) hours in the f……………….. (B10), she was working even longer (A11) hours at home and w……………….. (B11) often go without in order (A12) to f……………….. (B12) her children and husband. She was too poor to obtain (A13) medical ad……………….. (B13) during her pregnancy and had to rely (A14) on the experience, ign……………….. (B14) of neighbours. Almost a third of pregnancies ended in miscarriage (A15) or ignorance. Those babies that ……………….. (B15) born alive (A16) had a one in six ch……………….. (B16)of dying (A17) before their first birthday. Letters describing the d……………….. (B17) lives of ordinary (A18) working cl……………….. (B18) women paved (A19) the way for better health……………….. (B19) and survival (A20) for babies and their mothers. sensation. ‘Letters from Working Women’ is a