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Women, Social Leadership, and the Second World WarContinuities of Class$
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James Hinton

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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Women's Voluntary Services and the Voluntary Sector

Women's Voluntary Services and the Voluntary Sector

(p.213) 11 Women's Voluntary Services and the Voluntary Sector
Women, Social Leadership, and the Second World War

James Hinton (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter returns to the antagonism between the WVS and other women's organizations, a relationship further embittered by an ill-conceived government attempt to force an amalgamation of WVS with the National Council of Social Services. The WVS survived because largely Lady Reading succeeded in convincing Whitehall that it could provide effective auxiliary services for the statutory authorities. Its hierarchical structure, which so offended leaders of established voluntary organizations, was crucial to its effectiveness as a handmaiden of the planning state: ‘an organized service with a proper chain of command’ as Labour's Home Secretary put it.

Keywords:   Women's Voluntary Services, Britain, National Council of Social Services, voluntary organizations

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