Opposition to post-war employment of married women

Letter from the local Trades Council and Labour Party to the Liquor Control Board in Carlisle, 12 March 1919.

The end of the war in November created a furious backlash against the employment of women on 'men's work' in Britain. Married women were given particularly short shrift. This letter concerns complaints made by members of the local Trades Council and Labour Party in Carlisle about the continued employment of married women in the liquor trade. In Britain's straitened post-war economic situation, with unemployment and labour unrest rife, this practice was viewed with discomfort even on the political left - which tended to emphasise the primacy of a woman's maternal role after 1918.
Catalogue reference: HO 190/900 (12 Mar 1919)

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