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Gender, Rhetoric and RegulationWomen's work in the Civil Service and the London County Council, 1900-55$
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Helen Glew is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Westminster

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090271

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090271.001.0001

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‘Endless arguments about sex and salaries’1: the First World War, reconstruction and the campaigns for equal pay, 1914–24

‘Endless arguments about sex and salaries’1: the First World War, reconstruction and the campaigns for equal pay, 1914–24

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Gender, Rhetoric and Regulation
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Helen Glew

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719090271.003.0004

This chapter examines the early campaigns for equal pay by women civil servants in particular but also the different yet interesting ways in which the question of equal pay manifested itself in the LCC. It demonstrates that women in the public service constituted one of the largest groups doing the same work as men and thus they were among the dominant voices calling for equal pay for women in this period. The chapter considers the campaigns, focussing particularly on the First World War and the implications of women doing “men’s work”, and the ways in which equal pay was resisted in the reorganisation of the Civil Service in the immediate post-war years. At the same time, equal pay was partially granted in the LCC. The positions and arguments of unions, associations, government ministers and officials in the on-going debates about equal pay are considered throughout, as well as the rhetoric of the British women’s movement.

Keywords:   Equal pay, Public service, First World War, Women’s movement

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