Women, work and value in postwar Europe, 1945-2015

Women at Work - Wrights BiscuitsFrom the ‘rubble women’ of the immediate postwar period to the ‘working mothers’ of today, women’s work – paid and unpaid - has been the object of intense political significance and public scrutiny. In popular and cultural representations, women’s work has variously been portrayed as heroic, disruptive, everyday, and abnormal. Bringing together historians, scholars of culture and society, and social scientists, this research network explores the ways in which women’s work has been valued in postwar Europe – by states, trade unions, employers, popular opinion, and of course by women themselves.

We hope that our research questions will be of interest not just to academics, but to policy makers, pressure groups, and female and male workers and employers:

For further information: Josie.McLellan@bristol.ac.uk
Twitter: @WomenWorkValue