Todd, Selina
December 2003
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Dec2003, Vol. 68 Issue 3, p293
Academic Journal
This article examines the centrality of paid work to young working-class women's lives in interwar England, and the importance of resistance within their workplace relations. The main focus of the article is the growing number of industrial workers whose working conditions and wages were often detrimentally affected by forms of rationalization introduced by interwar employers. Regionally variable sexual divisions of labour shaped different responses to rationalization, and provide material explanations for gendered and generational social and political identities. However, young women across a range of industries and communities met changes in production organization in the late 1920's and 1930's with militant resistance. Their actions indicate that low trade union membership did not signify political apathy, and was partially accounted for by a divergence in interests based not upon gender but upon differences between the economic interests of these workers and trade union leaders. Young women's struggles over control of the labour process were an important aspect of interwar industrial relations which modified changes to the production process and shaped the strategies of the labour movement as it became increasingly concerned to attract the unskilled and semi-skilled workforce.


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