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Nice girls and rude girls : women workers in World War I
Thom, Deborah.
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London : New York : I.B. Tauris Publishers, 2000.

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xvi, 224 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Drawing on official records, contemporary writing and oral history, Deborah Thom examines the myth and reality of women's ""experience of war."" She shows that before 1914 they were often supporting dependants who had acquired considerable industrial experience and that women's trade activity was growing. The war showed that women were capable of a variety of tasks and they made great sacrifices and contributions massively to the war effort. The effect of war-work has underlined women's positions by their gender; they had changed but not improved their working lives.

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Deborah Thom teaches Social History and Women's Studies at Robinson College, Cambridge

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vi
List of Abbreviationsp. ix
Chronologyp. x
1 Introductionp. 1
2 Women and Work in Wartime Britainp. 24
3 'A Revolution in the Workplace'? Women's Work in Munitions Factories and Technological Change 1914-1918p. 53
4 Free From Chains? The Image of Women's Labour in London 1900-1920p. 78
5 'The Bundle of Sticks': Women Trade Unionists and Collective Organisation Before 1918p. 94
6 TNT Poisoning and the Employment of Women Workers in the First World Warp. 122
7 Tommy's Sister: Women in World War Ip. 144
8 The Mother Heart: Welfare and the Underpinning of Domesticityp. 164
9 Passengers for the Warp. 187
10 Conclusion: the History of the History of Women and the Warp. 201
Bibliographyp. 209
Indexp. 219