Fair Sex - Women and the Great Western Railway by Rosa Matheson Soft Cover
Fair Sex - Women and the Great Western Railway by Rosa Matheson Soft Cover
Fair Sex - Women and the Great Western Railway by Rosa Matheson Soft Cover
Fair Sex - Women and the Great Western Railway by Rosa Matheson Soft Cover
Fair Sex - Women and the Great Western Railway by Rosa Matheson Soft Cover
Fair Sex - Women and the Great Western Railway by Rosa Matheson Soft Cover
Fair Sex - Women and the Great Western Railway by Rosa Matheson Soft Cover
Fair Sex - Women and the Great Western Railway by Rosa Matheson Soft Cover

Fair Sex - Women and the Great Western Railway by Rosa Matheson Soft Cover

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Fair Sex - Women and the Great Western Railway by Rosa Matheson Soft Cover
 
The Fair Sex  - Women and the Great Western Railway by Rosa Matheson
Soft Cover
160 pages
Copyright 2007
CONTENTS
Dedication6
Acknowledgements7
Introduction8
I The GWR and Women9
2 Women in the Works27
3 Telegraph and Telephone Offices37
4 The Officesso
5 Wartime Workshops72
6 The Station87
7 The Signal Box107
8 Other Departments1~7
9 Distinctive Women134
io Amongst the Staff146
Abbreviations and Terms158
Sources and Bibliography159
INTRODUCTION
The Great Western Railway Company (GWR) was a grand patriarchal institution that upheld the values of its time. It worked on a hierarchical model. It believed that there was a rank and place for everybody and that everybody should know that place. The world of railways was a masculine world, a world of brain and brawn, of science and technology. It was a place of daring and danger. It was not a place for `the fair sex' as the GWR liked to refer to women.The GWR wholeheartedly supported The Railway Sheet and Official Gazette when it stated: `The first aim of women's existence is marriage, that accomplished, the next is ordering her home.' Such a stance placed the GWR in something of a dilemma which led to a lifelong problematical relationship with its female employees.


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