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.
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