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Women's Work, 1840-1940

by Elizabeth Roberts

Part of the New Studies in Economic and Social History Series

Women's Work, 1840-1940 Synopsis

This volume addresses some of the difficult issues surrounding women's work during a century of social upheaval, and demonstrates how hard it is to be precise about the nature and extent of women's occupations. It focuses on working-class women and the many problems relating to their work, full-time and part-time, paid and unpaid, outside and inside the home. Elizabeth Roberts examines men's attitudes to women's work, the difficulties of census enumeration and women's connections with trade unions. She also tackles in depth other areas of contention such as the effects of legislation on women's work, a 'family wage', and unequal pay and status. Dr Roberts' study provides a unique overview of an expanding field of social and economic history, while her survey of the available literature is a useful guide to further reading.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521557887
Publication date: 28th September 1995
Author: Elizabeth Roberts
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 108 pages
Categories: Social & cultural history,

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