Women and Work in Britain Since 1840

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"This essential student resource is the first of its kind to study this period. Working chronologically from the early 1840s to the end of the twentieth century, it examines more than 150 years of women's employment history and the struggles women have faced." "With suggestions for research topics, an annotated bibliography to aid further research and a chronology of important events which places the subject in a broader historical context, Gerry Holloway considers how factors such as class, age, marital status, race and locality, along with wider economic and political issues, have affected women's job opportunities and status." Students of women's studies, gender studies and history will find this a fascinating and invaluable addition to their reading material.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415259101
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: Women's and Gender History Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerry Holloway is a lecturer in Life History and Women's Studies at the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sussex. She has written extensively on women’s history and the feminist movement and is on the Committee of the Women’s History Network.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Pt. 1 1840-70 15
2 'Fit work for women' : working-class women and paid work in the mid-nineteenth century 16
3 The problem of the 'superfluous women' 36
Pt. 2 1870-1914 53
4 Women organizing : trade unions and other industrial organizations 57
5 Equal or different? : divisive issues in the industrial women's movement 75
6 Women's work before the First World War 96
Pt. 3 1914-45 127
7 Out of the cage? : women's experience of work during the First World War 130
8 Women's work in the inter-war period 144
9 Women's employment in the Second World War 162
Pt. 4 1945 to the end of the century 179
10 Back to home and duty again? : the women and work debate, 1945-50 183
11 Women's employment in the 1950s and 1960s 194
12 Women's work in the age of equal opportunities : 1969 to the end of the century 208
13 Women's work since the 1840s : continuity and change 222
App. 1 Chronology of important dates 229
App. 2 Brief biographies of some key women 236
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