© 2005

Gender, Work and Education in Britain in the 1950s


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Stephanie Spencer
    Pages 1-21
  3. Stephanie Spencer
    Pages 22-48
  4. Stephanie Spencer
    Pages 49-78
  5. Stephanie Spencer
    Pages 79-103
  6. Stephanie Spencer
    Pages 104-128
  7. Stephanie Spencer
    Pages 129-157
  8. Stephanie Spencer
    Pages 158-185
  9. Stephanie Spencer
    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

  1. 1.University College WinchesterUK

About the authors

STEPHANIE SPENCER is Lecturer in the School of Education, University College Winchester, UK. Like many women of her generation she has an eclectic career profile. During a ten year 'gap' between school and university she taught at the Cordon Bleu School in London and ran a vegetarian restaurant. Her first degree was from the Open University, after which she went into academia full time.

Bibliographic information


A timely intervention into the historiography of the post-war world...Full of rich and fascinating material. - Jane Martin, Gender and Education