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Changing Roles (Hardback)

Women After the Great War

WWI British History P&S History Social History Women of History 20th Century

By Dr Vivien Newman
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 216
Illustrations: 20 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526774262
Published: 30th October 2021


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Graverobbers, prime-movers in geo-politics, jailbirds, international football celebs. Such terms are not usually associated with women in the 1920s, as women returning docilely to the domestic cage at the end of the First World War has become part of the accepted narrative. Like many war and immediate post war myths, it does contain some truth, but the story of women between 1918 and 1928 is much more complex, often more positive and certainly far more interesting than previously suggested.

Changing Roles looks at some of the women who forged new identities for themselves whilst exploring how their own or their loved ones’ wartime experiences influenced the roles they stepped into, sometimes reluctantly, frequently enthusiastically, often successfully. It explores how women fought back against the misogynistic climate of the 1920s, used the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act to achieve their goals, played their part as full citizens and how the legacy of their global endeavours, achievements and occasional failures is still with us today, spreading far beyond our shores.

By telling the stories of both ordinary and extraordinary women whose actions disturbed the status quo, shook the Establishment to its core, and sent shock-waves across the Atlantic, this book presents a cast of fascinating characters ranging from crowned heads to girl gangs, business women to philanthropists, inviting readers to exclaim, “Gosh, I never knew that!”

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Dr Vivien Newman

About Dr Vivien Newman

From ‘noisy’ involvement in History lessons aged six to a PhD that demonstrated that war poetry neither was, nor should be, considered an exclusively male genre, Dr Vivien Newman relishes turning accepted historical truths on their heads by seeking out women’s overlooked stories. Following six books about the Great War which, according to a reviewer delivered ‘cascades of insight and epiphany’, she takes readers into the 1920s and, like the women she writes about, once again challenges pre-conceptions and accepted views.

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