1st Edition

Women Servants of the State 1870–1938 A History of Women in the Civil Service

By Hilda Martindale Copyright 1938
    218 Pages
    by Routledge

    Originally published in 1938, Women Servants of the State 1870–1938: A History of Women in the Civil Service tells the story of women as they became an integral part of the Civil Service, work previously reserved for men. As the functions of government widened and the activities of the Civil Service touched the lives of people in more ways, it was felt there were many opportunities for women, particularly in the health and care of women and children. It was recognized that the joint contribution made by the cooperation of men and women together would benefit the service as a whole. Today it can be read and enjoyed in its historical context.

    Foreword.  Preface.  Acknowledgments.  1. Early Days  2. The Years of the War  3. Post-War Settlement and Reorganization  4. Women in the Treasury Classes  5. Women in the Departments  6. The Marriage Bar  7. Pay and Superannuation  8. Three Outstanding Personalities  9. Future Opportunities of Service.  Important Dates.  Bibliography.  Index.


    Hilda Martindale C.B.E. (1875–1952), formerly of the Home Office and H. M. Treasury. She was one of the first female civil servants in Britain and campaigned throughout her life to improve working conditions, particularly for women.

    The Hilda Martindale Trust makes a very limited number of awards to British women who are training or studying for a career in a profession where women are underrepresented.