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Young Women, Work, and Family in England 1918-1950$
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Selina Todd

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199282753

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282753.001.0001

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Young Women and Work

Young Women and Work

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Young Women, Work, and Family in England 1918-1950
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Selina Todd (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282753.003.0002

This chapter examines the centrality of paid work to young women's lives, and the expansion in their employment opportunities following the First World War, which accelerated further during the 1930s and particularly by the Second World War. Employment patterns among domestic servants, factory workers, shop assistants, and clerks are traced using the Census, while Ministry of Labour data are used to analyse changes in wages and earnings. Personal testimonies highlight the importance of work in daily life.

Keywords:   clerks, factory workers, domestic servants, shop assistants, earnings, employment

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