Female Corporate Culture and the New South: Women in Business Between the World Wars

Female Corporate Culture and the New South: Women in Business Between the World Wars

by Maureen Carroll Gilligan, Maureen Carroll Gilligan, Gilliga Carroll
     
 

Before World War I, Southern women's participation in the workforce consisted of black women's domestic labor and white working-class women's industrial or manufacturing work, but after the war, Southern women flooded business offices as stenographers, typists, clerks, and bookkeepers. This book examines their experiences in the clerical workforce, using both… See more details below

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Before World War I, Southern women's participation in the workforce consisted of black women's domestic labor and white working-class women's industrial or manufacturing work, but after the war, Southern women flooded business offices as stenographers, typists, clerks, and bookkeepers. This book examines their experiences in the clerical workforce, using both traditional labor sources and exploring the cultural institutions that evolved from these women's work-related milieu.
Businessmen throughout the South molded this workforce to meet their needs using both labor-saving management techniques and exploiting social mores to enforce gender boundaries that limited women's workplace opportunities. This study traces the social and economic implications of Southern women's increased participation in clerical labor after World War I. While it increased the civic activities of white middle-class southern women, it also confined them to a routinized days work and limited venues of occupational achievement. Through a varied network of business women's clubs and organizations, women struggled with their new identities as workers and attempted to integrate their work lives with their community and family obligations.
(Ph.D. dissertation, Emory University, 1995; revised with new Introduction and Preface)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815331841
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Series:
Garland Studies in the History of American Labor Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Tables and Photographs
Introduction
Ch. 1Urbanization, Clerical Work, and the Modern Southern Woman3
Ch. 2A Manageable Workforce: Scientific Management and Women Workers21
Ch. 3What An Office Should Be47
Ch. 4Building Civic Bridges: Building Business Consensus65
Ch. 5Businesswomen's Idealism: Civicism and the Clerical Worker99
Ch. 6Losing Ground129
Conclusion157
Bibliography163
Index175

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