TITLE

A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON WOMEN WORKERS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR: THE INDUSTRIAL DIARY OF KATHLEEN CHURCH-BLISS AND ELSIE WHITEMAN

AUTHOR(S)
Bruley, Sue
PUB. DATE
August 2003
SOURCE
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Aug2003, Vol. 68 Issue 2, p217
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article is based on the experiences of two women who gave up a comfortable life in the Surrey countryside to work in an aircraft component factory during the Second World War. Kathleen Church-Bliss and Elsie Whiteman wrote an extensive dairy during their time at Morrison's in Croydon. This article aims to shed light on a hitherto neglected group; the older woman worker, and in particular, the older single woman. The Church-Bliss diary reveals how dilution arrangements in Britain during the Second World War were made to ensure that women working in previously male preserves were prevented from achieving any sort of equality with male workers in the same part of the production process. The diary also provides a detailed and intimate account of the way in which the wartime circumstances helped to bring about welfare improvements inside the factory, which was in turn assisted by the creation of a works council.
ACCESSION #
10802616

 

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