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On Her Their Lives Depend

On Her Their Lives Depend - 94 edition

On Her Their Lives Depend - 94 edition

ISBN13: 9780520085022

ISBN10: 0520085027

On Her Their Lives Depend by Angela Woollacott - ISBN 9780520085022
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 94
Copyright: 1994
Publisher: University of California Press
Published: 1994
International: No
On Her Their Lives Depend by Angela Woollacott - ISBN 9780520085022

ISBN13: 9780520085022

ISBN10: 0520085027

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 94

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Summary

In this evocative book, Angela Woollacott analyzes oral histories, workers' writings, newspapers, official reports, and factory song lyrics to present an intimate view of women munitions workers in Britain during World War I. Munitions work offered working-class women--for the first time--independence, a reliable income, even an improved standard of living. But male employers and trade unionists brought them face-to-face with their subordination as women within their own class, while experiences with middle-class women co-workers and police reminded them of their status as working class. Woollacott sees the woman munitions worker as a powerful symbol of modernity who challenged the gender order through her patriotic work and challenged class differences through her increased spending power, mobility, and changing social behavior.

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