More than housework

During the Second World War women discovered a life outside the home – new horizons they were keen to keep exploring during the post-war years…

Outset Publishing

With most men of working age being called up to fight during the Second World War there were numerous industries that found themselves in desperate need of people to fill the vacancies. As a result women stepped out of the home into the workplace.

Of course, prior to 1939, some women had taken up employment, but the majority had seen their role as homemaker and parent as being their over-riding responsibility. Pre-war generations of men had grown up believing that it was their duty to be the sole bread-winner and many were strictly against the idea of their wives working. But the war changed all that. After all, men were no longer there to comment and no longer there to provide.

Many women joined the armed forces, working as mechanics or engineers but they also took on jobs to support the war, such as munitions workers, air raid wardens, bus…

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Published by Isabella Muir

Isabella is passionate about exploring family life from the 1930s through to the 1960s and beyond. She has published six Sussex Crime mystery novels set during the 1960s and 1970s, a standalone novel dealing with the child migrant policy of the 1950s and 60s, several novellas set during the Second World War, and two short story collections. All available in paperback from your local bookshops, or online as ebooks. Her novels are also available as audiobooks, and have been translated into Italian.

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