‘Light green uniforms, white aprons and caps’

John Field

in Working men's bodies

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2013 | ISBN: 9780719087684
Published online January 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781781706015 | DOI:
‘Light green uniforms, white aprons and caps’

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Women never seem to have entered the thinking of those who developed and ran government work camps. After the Great War, rising unemployment among women workers led to a number of training programmes designed to produce domestic servants, and from the mid-1920s these increasingly included residential training centres. Initially, these were jointly developed with the Australian government, which sought to recruit white young women with domestic skills. After 1929, the training centres were redesigned to produce domestic servants for the British labour market. The centres were managed nationally by an arm's length non-governmental body, which provided a forum for female policy makers to develop their own labour market measures, but these were always constrained by the focus on domestic service.

Keywords: Empire settlement; Domestic labour; Gendered division of labour; Women's work; Unemployment and women; Race and emigration; Feminism and social policy

Chapter.  8266 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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