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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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Earning a Living: Daughters and the Family Economy

Earning a Living: Daughters and the Family Economy

(p.54) 2 Earning a Living: Daughters and the Family Economy
Young Women, Work, and Family in England 1918-1950

Selina Todd (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter assesses young women's family relations, demonstrating that the family economy structured their educational and employment opportunities. The reasons why young women's earnings were so important to the family economy and the factors that determined young women's relative importance as household breadwinners are examined. In doing so, the chapter offers a fresh perspective on the working class standard of living, arguing that poverty remained central to life experience, but that young wage-earners were also crucial in expanding working class leisure and luxury consumption. Moreover, a limited gender difference in young people's earnings meant daughters were often as important as sons in this regard.

Keywords:   family, earnings, breadwinners, poverty, sons

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