Gender, Work and Education in Britain in the 1950s

  • Stephanie Spencer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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    Pages 1-21
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    Pages 22-48
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    Pages 49-78
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    Pages 79-103
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    Pages 104-128
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    Pages 129-157
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    Pages 186-199
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 200-253

About this book


Improvements in education and economic expansion in the 1950s ensured a range of school-leaving employment opportunities. Yet girls' full acceptance as adult women was still confirmed by marriage and motherhood rather than employment. This book examines the gendered nature of 'career'. Using both written sources and oral history it enters the theoretical debate over the significance of gender by considering the relationship between individual 'women' and the dominant representation of 'Woman'.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Stephanie Spencer
    • 1
  1. 1.University College WinchesterUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2005
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-51921-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-28618-4
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