Photograph, black and white
Banner from a Motherwell branch of the Co-op Women’s Guild. The Women’s Guilds were a feature of most local Co-op societies by the early 1900s. They campaigned on ‘basket power’ issues such as food prices, rents and infant care. The Dalziel Co-op Women’s Guild were active on housing, health and welfare issues; in 1917 they agitated for a state funded welfare system to combat high infant mortality rates and to provide pre and post-natal care.