The Attitudes of Women

Hester Barron

in The 1926 Miners' Lockout

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199575046
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722196 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

The Attitudes of Women

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This chapter analyses the conflicting images of coalfield women that pervade both contemporary and later accounts, whether as anti‐communitarian strike‐breakers, coalfield heroines, or simply innocent victims; positions that echoed the ambiguous position that women were accustomed to occupying within the pit villages. During the lockout, the rhetoric of the strikers demanded that every member of the pit village be mobilized behind the trade‐union banner, yet women were also required to continue to fulfil their domestic role within a patriarchal structure. The chapter explores these contradictions and identifies the different strands of female involvement during the strike. It goes beyond stereotypes to establish a more nuanced understanding of the relationship of mining women to such traditionally male institutions as the union and the Labour Party, and their attitudes to strike action itself.

Keywords: women; Labour Party; strike; lockout; blacklegs; strike‐breakers

Chapter.  11627 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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