Women Workers in the Second World War Production and Patriarchy in Conflict

by Penny Summerfield

Part of the Routledge Library Editions: Women's History Series

Women Workers in the Second World War Production and Patriarchy in Conflict Synopsis

The Second World War is often seen as a period of emancipation, because of the influx of women into paid work, and because the state took steps to relieve women of domestic work. This study challenges such a picture. The state approached the removal of women from the domestic sphere with extreme caution, in spite of the desperate need for women's labour in war work. Women's own preferences were frequently neglected or distorted in the search for a compromise between production and patriarchy. However, the enduring practices of paying women less and treating them as an inferior category of workers led to growth in the numbers and proportions of women employed after the war in many areas of work. Penny Summerfield concludes that the war accelerated the segregation of women in 'inferior' sectors of work, and inflated the expectation that working women would bear the double burden without a redistribution of responsibility for the domestic sphere between men, women and the state. First published in 1984, this is an important book for students of history, sociology and women's studies at all levels.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780415622660
Publication date: 10th October 2012
Author: Penny Summerfield
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 232 pages
Categories: Social & cultural history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,

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