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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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Entering Employment

Entering Employment

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(p.85) 3 Entering Employment
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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/9780199282753.003.0004

This chapter explores the importance of entering employment as a transition from childhood to youth. It draws on contemporary social surveys to trace links between parents' and daughters' occupational status, and the extent of occupational and social mobility. It argues that daughters' employment opportunities expanded and that their opportunities for finding work outside family networks increased from the 1930s. However, their class background continued to limit their choices to poorly paid jobs lacking promotion prospects; the reasons for this are explored.

Keywords:   childhood, youth, transition, parents, mobility, networks

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