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More than Munitions : Women, Work and the Engineering Industries, 1900-1950

By: Wightman, Clare.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Women And Men In History: Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014Description: 1 online resource (216 p.).ISBN: 9781317876472.Subject(s): Industrie | Sex role in the work environment -- History -- 20th century | Sexual division of labor -- History -- 20th century | Vrouwenarbeid | Women -- Employment -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century | Women -- Employment -- History -- 20th century | Women employees -- Effect of technological innovation on -- History -- 20th century | Women engineers -- Employment -- Great Britain | Women in engineering -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century | Women in engineering -- History -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: More than Munitions : Women, Work and the Engineering Industries, 1900-1950DDC classification: 331.4/0941 | 331.40941 Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of Figures and Tables; List of Abbreviations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Some theoretical issues; 1. Women's Employment, 1900-1950; Changing women's work?; Food processing; Electrical consumer goods; Rayon; 2. The Engineering Industry, 1900-1950; Collective bargaining; Women's employment; Female wages, earnings and regularity of work; Female union membership; 3. The First World War: Munitions Work and its Impact, 1914-1919; Negotiating dilution; Opposition from trade unions; The conservatism of employers
Economic influencesWomen's wages; Demobilisation and post-war prospects; 4. Women's Employment between the Wars; Electrical engineering; GEC and the Peel-Conner Telephone and Radio Works; Motor-vehicles manufacture; Joseph Lucas Ltd; 5. Disputes: The Significance of Collective Bargaining, 1919-1939; The 1922 lock-out; Female labour disputes: employers' perspective; Female labour: trade-union perspective; The 'woman's rate'; Effect on earnings; 6. ''A Specialised Line'': Women and Trade Unions, 1919-1939; Organising women; Negotiating women's wages; Women's attitudes to trade unionism
7. The Second World War: Dilution, ''An Arrangement for Men'?Organising for war; Employers; Trade unions; Women's pay under dilution; Women's work under dilution; 8. Would Women Stay? The Effects of War Work; Doing your bit?; Trade unionism; Attitudes to demobilisation; 9. Post-war Divisions of Labour; Trade unions; Employers; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index
Summary: Clare Wightman explores the key issue of gender in explaining the experience of men and women at work. She uses women''s employment in the engineering industries between 1900 and 1950 to confront many of the contentious debates in women''s history. She shows that the two World Wars did not produce radical changes for women at work. Throughout the book the author questions the leading role given to gender ideology in constructing the attitudes of employers, and suggests that it was only one factor among many which shaped women''s experiences in the workplace. This is a major study with wide and challenging implications for the subject.
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Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of Figures and Tables; List of Abbreviations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Some theoretical issues; 1. Women's Employment, 1900-1950; Changing women's work?; Food processing; Electrical consumer goods; Rayon; 2. The Engineering Industry, 1900-1950; Collective bargaining; Women's employment; Female wages, earnings and regularity of work; Female union membership; 3. The First World War: Munitions Work and its Impact, 1914-1919; Negotiating dilution; Opposition from trade unions; The conservatism of employers

Economic influencesWomen's wages; Demobilisation and post-war prospects; 4. Women's Employment between the Wars; Electrical engineering; GEC and the Peel-Conner Telephone and Radio Works; Motor-vehicles manufacture; Joseph Lucas Ltd; 5. Disputes: The Significance of Collective Bargaining, 1919-1939; The 1922 lock-out; Female labour disputes: employers' perspective; Female labour: trade-union perspective; The 'woman's rate'; Effect on earnings; 6. ''A Specialised Line'': Women and Trade Unions, 1919-1939; Organising women; Negotiating women's wages; Women's attitudes to trade unionism

7. The Second World War: Dilution, ''An Arrangement for Men'?Organising for war; Employers; Trade unions; Women's pay under dilution; Women's work under dilution; 8. Would Women Stay? The Effects of War Work; Doing your bit?; Trade unionism; Attitudes to demobilisation; 9. Post-war Divisions of Labour; Trade unions; Employers; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index

Clare Wightman explores the key issue of gender in explaining the experience of men and women at work. She uses women''s employment in the engineering industries between 1900 and 1950 to confront many of the contentious debates in women''s history. She shows that the two World Wars did not produce radical changes for women at work. Throughout the book the author questions the leading role given to gender ideology in constructing the attitudes of employers, and suggests that it was only one factor among many which shaped women''s experiences in the workplace. This is a major study with wide and challenging implications for the subject.

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