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Women, Social Leadership, and the Second World War: Continuities of Class

James Hinton


The associational life of middle-class women in 20th-century England has been largely ignored by historians. During the Second World War women's clubs, guilds, and institutes provided a basis for the mobilization of up to a million women, mainly housewives, into unpaid part-time work. Women's Voluntary Services (WVS) — which was set up by the government in 1938 to organize this work — generated a rich archive of reports and correspondence which provide the social historian with a unique window into the female public sphere. Questioning the view that world war two served to democratize English ... More

Keywords: Second World War, Women's Voluntary Service, social leadership, Britain, class, voluntary work

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199243297
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243297.001.0001


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James Hinton, author
Reader in History, University of Warwick
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