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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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Disabled husbands, deserted wives, working widows: the marriage bar in public servants’ private lives until 1946

Disabled husbands, deserted wives, working widows: the marriage bar in public servants’ private lives until 1946

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(p.216) 7 Disabled husbands, deserted wives, working widows: the marriage bar in public servants’ private lives until 1946
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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/9780719090271.003.0008

This chapter is an in-depth examination of the women whose lives did not fit neatly into the categories of ‘married’ or ‘single’. Instances of widowhood, divorce, separation, broken engagement, as well as ill health of husbands, had to be legislated for within the strict confines of the marriage bar. Using personal testimony as a means to illustrate the complexities of these situations, this chapter traces the gradual and piecemeal evolution of a policy, with particular reference to the Post Office (the Civil Service department which employed the largest number of women) and the LCC. As a whole, the chapter reveals the very real impact that the marriage bar could have on women in difficult circumstances and how highly gendered the practice was.

Keywords:   Women, Marriage bar, Divorce, Separation, Broken engagements, Breadwinning, Disability, Personal testimony, Legislation, Widowhood

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