1st Edition

Working for Women?
Gendered Work and Welfare Policies in Twentieth-Century Britain

ISBN 9780367857899
Published March 30, 2020 by Routledge
236 Pages

USD $120.00

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Book Description

Originally published in 1997 Working for Women? examines the ways in which women's patterns of paid and unpaid work have been mediated by the policies of governments throughout the 20th century. It looks at the state in defining what is women's work and men's work, and at equal pay and opportunities policies. This book will appeal to academics of sociology, gender and women’s studies.

Table of Contents


1 Introduction

2. Women’s ‘Right to Work’ and the State, 1905-1914

3. Women as ‘Substitute for Men’ in Recruitment Policy, 1914-1918

4. Women and Unemployment Policy Between the Wars

5. Women, Recruitment and Demobilization Policy During the Second World War

6. Women’s ‘Dual Role’ and the Postwar Boom, 1945-1970

7. Equal Employment Opportunities, or Women as a Flexible Reserve Labour Force?

8. Twentieth-Century Work, and Welfare Policies: Have They Worked for Women?

9. Can State Policies Work for Women? A Theoretical Discussion

10. What Could Work for Women? Policies and Strategies



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