Out of the Cage

Women's Experiences in Two World Wars

By Gail Braybon, Penny Summerfield

© 1987 – Routledge

352 pages

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About the Book

Originally published in 1987, Out of the Cage brings vividly to life the experiences of working women from all social groups in the two World Wars.

Telling a fascinating story, the authors emphasise what the women themselves have had to say, in diaries, memoirs, letters and recorded interviews about the call up, their personal reactions to war, their feelings about pay and the company at work, the effects of war on their health, their relations with men and their home lives; they speak too about how demobilisation affected them, and how they spent the years between two World Wars.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introduction Part 1: The First World War 2. Women Before 1914 3. Dilution; Women in "Men’s Jobs" 4. War Work 5. Health and Welfare 6. Domestic Life 7. Demobilisation 1918-20 Part 2: The Second World War 8. Women Between the Wars 9. Call Up 10. Dilution Again 11. On the Job 12. Love, Sex and Marriage 13. Health and Welfare 14. Double Burden 15. Demobilisation 1945-50 16. Conclusion

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Women's History

Reissuing seminal works originally published between 1928 and 1992, Routledge Library Editions: Women's History offers a selection of scholarship covering women's roles, gender battles, feminism and other issues through the ages. Topics include women in the World Wars, prostitution in Victorian times, the history of abortion, women's roles in the Stuart era and women's place in the household and in work.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HISTORY / Social History