On Her Their Lives Depend: Munitions Workers in the Great War

On Her Their Lives Depend: Munitions Workers in the Great War

by Angela Woollacott
     
 


"A lively and scrupulous account of one of the wartime occupations that fostered crucial transformations in women's socioeconomic status during the early twentieth century. . . . Extremely useful both to scholars of women's history and to students of modernism."—Sandra M. Gilbert, coauthor of The Madwoman in the Attic

"A stunning achievement. . . . A

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"A lively and scrupulous account of one of the wartime occupations that fostered crucial transformations in women's socioeconomic status during the early twentieth century. . . . Extremely useful both to scholars of women's history and to students of modernism."—Sandra M. Gilbert, coauthor of The Madwoman in the Attic

"A stunning achievement. . . . A wide-ranging, multifaceted, and beautifully nuanced rendering of the experiences of munitions workers in World War I. Especially impressive is the way that Woollacott incorporates a detailed analysis of the differences among women into a narrative that illuminates how gender and class together shaped the affect of the war on women's lives. Woollacott draws out the implications of her inquiry to propose a considered assessment of the extent to which the war was a watershed in the history of British women in the twentieth century."—Sonya O. Rose, author of Limited Livelihoods

"Woollacott bursts some myths and corrects some misapprehensions in her excellent study [that] tells us how World War I changed the lives of women and contributes to our greater understanding of how women changed the life of Britain."—R. J. Q. Adams, author of Arms and the Wizard: Lloyd George and the Ministry of Munitions, 1915–1916

"A thorough and excellent discussion of the role and significance of women's work in munitions in the First World War. . . . Indubitably offers an original and unusual contribution."—Philippa Levine, author of Private Lives & Public Commitment: Feminist Resistance in England, 1860–1900

"An important intervention in the growing literature on women and the Great War. . . . Woollacott has told an essential part of that story, and has done so with learning, grace, and modesty. A fine book, indispensable to students of the period."—J. M. Winter, Cambridge University

"A pioneering study. It illuminates, to an extent not achieved hitherto, two entwined aspects of Britain's war experience: the conversion to war needs of a peace economy; and the central part played by women in this transformation."—Trevor Wilson, author of The Myriad Faces of War: Britain and the Great War 1914–1918

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ISBN-13:
9780520085022
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/20/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
241
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1The Army of Women: Munitions Factories and Women Workers17
2The Heterogeneity of Women Workers: Mixing and Mobility37
3"Industrial Work Is Good for Women": Health, Welfare, Deaths, and Injuries59
4Status and Experience as Workers89
5"High Wages and Premature Liberty": Wages, Autonomy, and Public Censure113
6Off the Job: Leisure, Socializing, and Sex134
7Class Relations among Women162
8"On Her Their Lives Depend": Gender, War, and Women Munitions Workers188
Bibliography217
Index235

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