‘[A] stronger position as women alone’: women’s associations in the British civil service and feminism, 1900-1959

Glew, H. 2021. ‘[A] stronger position as women alone’: women’s associations in the British civil service and feminism, 1900-1959. Women's History Review. 30 (4), pp. 669-687. https://doi.org/10.1080/09612025.2020.1814511

Title‘[A] stronger position as women alone’: women’s associations in the British civil service and feminism, 1900-1959
TypeJournal article
AuthorsGlew, H.
Abstract

This article examines three successive organisations for women clerical workers in the Civil Service – the Association of Post Office Women Clerks (APOWC), the Federation of Women Civil Servants (FWCS) and the National Association of Women Civil Servants (NAWCS) – which explicitly identified as feminist and which pushed for the same conditions of employment for women as for men. In an era where a significant number of women’s trade unions and associations merged with male-dominated unions, the article explores the significance, politics, challenges and tactics of remaining ‘women alone’ and how the organisations and their members negotiated changing external perceptions of feminism and different generational understandings of the need for feminism. Finally, it offers a case study of the ways in which a women-only organisation based around a professional identity worked with the wider feminist movement for publicity, support and a sense of shared endeavour.

Keywordswomen
employment
British civil service
feminism
interwar
associations and trade unions
JournalWomen's History Review
Journal citation30 (4), pp. 669-687
ISSN0961-2025
Year2021
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09612025.2020.1814511
Publication dates
Published online18 Sep 2020
Published2021

Related outputs

In a minority in male spaces: the networks, relationships and collaborations between women MPs and women civil servants, 1919-1955
Glew, H. 2020. In a minority in male spaces: the networks, relationships and collaborations between women MPs and women civil servants, 1919-1955. Open Library of Humanities. 6 (2), p. 15. https://doi.org/10.16995/olh.597

‘Maiden, whom we never see’ : cultural representations of the ‘lady telephonist’ in Britain, c.1880-1930, and institutional responses
Glew, Helen 2020. ‘Maiden, whom we never see’ : cultural representations of the ‘lady telephonist’ in Britain, c.1880-1930, and institutional responses. Information & Culture: A Journal of History. 55 (1), pp. 30-50. https://doi.org/10.7560/IC55103

Providing and Taking the Opportunity: Women Civil Servants and Feminist Periodical Culture in Interwar Britain
Glew, H. 2017. Providing and Taking the Opportunity: Women Civil Servants and Feminist Periodical Culture in Interwar Britain. in: Clay, Catherine, DiCenzo, Maria, Green, Barbara and Hackney, Fiona (ed.) Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939: the Interwar Period Edinburgh Edinburgh University Press.

Regulating Marriage: Gender, the Public Service, the Second World War and Reconstruction in Britain and Canada
Glew, H. 2017. Regulating Marriage: Gender, the Public Service, the Second World War and Reconstruction in Britain and Canada. in: Peniston-Bird, C. and Vickers, E. (ed.) Gender and the Second World War: Lessons of War London Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 88-100

The married woman worker in Chatelaine magazine, 1948-1964
Glew, H. 2016. The married woman worker in Chatelaine magazine, 1948-1964. in: Hawkins, S., Phillips, N., Ritchie, R. and Kleinberg, S.J. (ed.) Women in Magazines: Research, Representation, Production, and Consumption New York Routledge. pp. 137-147

Gender, Rhetoric and Regulation: women's work in the Civil Service and the London County Council, 1900-55
Glew, H. 2016. Gender, Rhetoric and Regulation: women's work in the Civil Service and the London County Council, 1900-55. Manchester Manchester University Press.

Introduction: ‘Women as Wives and Workers: Marking Fifty Years of The Feminine Mystique’ Special Issue
Ritchie, R., Glew, H., Hamlett, J., McEneaney, S. and Thomas, Z. 2015. Introduction: ‘Women as Wives and Workers: Marking Fifty Years of The Feminine Mystique’ Special Issue. History of Women in the Americas. 3, pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.14296/hwa.v3i0.2187

Educating Mind, Body and Spirit: The legacy of Quintin Hogg and the Polytechnic, 1864-1992
Glew, H., Gorst, A., Heller, M. and Matthews, N. Penn, E. (ed.) 2013. Educating Mind, Body and Spirit: The legacy of Quintin Hogg and the Polytechnic, 1864-1992. London University of Westminster.

Women at the polytechnic
Glew, H. 2013. Women at the polytechnic. in: Penn, E. (ed.) Educating mind, body and spirit: the legacy of Quintin Hogg and the polytechnic, 1864-1992 Cambridge Granta Editions.

Quintin Hogg and his legacy
Glew, H. 2013. Quintin Hogg and his legacy. in: Penn, E. (ed.) Educating mind, body and spirit: the legacy of Quintin Hogg and the polytechnic, 1864-1992 Cambridge Granta Editions.

Permalink - https://westminsterresearch.westminster.ac.uk/item/v07z1/-a-stronger-position-as-women-alone-women-s-associations-in-the-british-civil-service-and-feminism-1900-1959


Share this

Usage statistics

42 total views
7 total downloads
These values cover views and downloads from WestminsterResearch and are for the period from September 2nd 2018, when this repository was created.