Evidence record card

Date: 1920s
Active pressure to enforce male attitudes on women workers.

The pressure on women to abandon paid ‘wartime’ employment was considerable. In periods of mass unemployment there were press campaigns against women who held on to ‘men’s jobs’ and there were marriage bars in most of the professions. Single women who turned down domestic service (because of notoriously low wages and hard conditions) but continued to receive the £1.25p weekly ‘dole’ to which they were entitled were branded as ‘slackers’, ‘hussies’ or ‘pin money girls’ by the hostile press.