Double Lives: A History of Working Motherhood by Helen McCarthy


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This is a groundbreaking history of mothers who worked for pay that will change the way we think about gender, work, and equality in modern Britain. In Britain today, three-quarters of mothers are in employment and paid work is an unremarkable feature of women’s lives after childbirth. Yet a century ago, working mothers were in the minority, excluded altogether from many occupations, whilst their wage-earning was widely perceived as a social ill. In ‘Double Lives’, Helen McCarthy accounts for this remarkable transformation, whose consequences have been momentous for Britain’s society and economy.

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