The Politics of Marriages of Conflict

Annmarie Hughes

in Gender and Political Identities in Scotland, 1919-1939

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780748639816
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653522 | DOI:
The Politics of Marriages of Conflict

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The inter-war years offered women, particularly young single women, a ‘new modernity’, as employment opportunities extended the breadth of jobs open to them and the expansion of commercial leisure enhanced possibilities for pleasure. Information on birth control and greater use of contraceptives also offered the potential to postpone marriage and reduce family size. Yet the new employment opportunities did little to alter the ‘pin money’ wages of women or women's economic dependency on marriage. Marriage and motherhood were actively promoted as the natural and fulfilling aspirations for women by the state, state agencies, the clergy, religious organisations and the media. To encourage women to have more children attempts were made to propagate the ‘companionate marriage’ that identified a woman's role as different from her husband's, but of equal importance. Women were to be loved and respected, provided for and protected. Housing developments also helped facilitate the companionate marriage.

Keywords: women; housing developments; companionate marriage; inter-war years; motherhood

Chapter.  13019 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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