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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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‘Frivolous’ Workers?: Trade Unionism and Militancy

‘Frivolous’ Workers?: Trade Unionism and Militancy

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(p.166) 6 ‘Frivolous’ Workers?: Trade Unionism and Militancy
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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/9780199282753.003.0007

This chapter focuses on young women workers' labour relations and activism. Drawing on personal testimonies, trade union records, and press reports, it moves beyond the traditional confines of labour history to outline the ways in which young women's work culture provided a means of developing militant resistance to employers' aims. This indicates that young women were not the ‘passive’ workers that contemporary representations — upheld by the subsequent historiography — often suggested.

Keywords:   labour, trade union, press, militant, resistance, employers, passive

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