Occupation of women by regionby Gertrude Williams
Lady Gertrude Rosenblum Williams was an economist and social strategist whose research and writing impacted on the foundation and development of the Welfare State in the United Kingdom from the 1940s. Of Williams’ books of the ‘New Democracy’ series, the 1945 publication on ‘Women in Work’ contains some of the most distinctive infographic maps to make statistics more intelligible. These infographics were by Otto Neurath’s Isotype Institute. ‘The occupation of women by regions’ using 1931 census data is one of the best. Williams’ social mapping sits in a tradition begun by Booth and Webb, and continued into the 21st century by, for example, Bethan Thomas and Danny Dorling.
Lady Gertrude Rosenblum Williams (1897-1983) was an economist and social strategist whose research and writing impacted on the foundation and development of the Welfare State in the United Kingdom from the 1940s. She was Professor of Social Economics and later Professor Emeritus of Social Economics at the University of London. Much of Williams' work related to labour supply and industrial relations although she also published on changing attitudes to women in the work place. Williams published under married name of Gertrude Williams and was married to William Emrys Williams.