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Women and Work

ISBN 9781138280472
Published September 11, 2018 by Routledge
190 Pages

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Book Description

In this book, first published in 1975, the author examines the role of women in the workforce. Despite representing a rapidly increasing section of the workforce, why are women still overwhelmingly confined to unskilled jobs? Why do they hold such a tiny proportion of managerial and professional posts? In answering these vital questions Ross Davies shows how women’s economic roles in pre-industrial society were modified and distorted by industrialisation; how this legacy of exploitation has affected contemporary attitudes among both men and women; and how the present situation should be seen and assessed in its proper perspective.

Table of Contents

1. Working Women Today: A Wasted Resource  2. Pre-Industrial Woman  3. The Industrial Revolution  4. Trade Unions: Men Only  5. The Professions Close Ranks  6. The Two World Wars: Votes and Jobs  7. Women’s Attitudes to Work  8. Work’s Attitudes to Women  9. Women and the Professions Today: Too Little, Too Late  10. Married Women: Burying the Talents  11. Second Thoughts Set In  12. Equality and the Law

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