- The work was so systematized, and the training so thorough, that the tyrannical forewoman and domineering foreman had no place in the establishment. - "White Slaves", Louis A Banks.
- The rule at Whitehead's was, that you could either bring your own tea, sugar, and eatables, or purchase them here from a forewoman; most of the workers chose to provide themselves. - "The Nether World", George Gissing.
- Just when Cousin Betty, the best hand in the house of Pons Brothers, where she was forewoman of the embroidery department, might have set up in business on her own account, the Empire collapsed. - "Cousin Betty", Honore de Balzac.