Introduction 1. Work for women? Challenges to the gendering of routine work in the LCC and the Civil Service, 1914-39 2. Trying to get equal opportunities: women in the higher grades of the LCC and the Civil Service in the first half of the twentieth century 3: 'Endless arguments about sex and salaries': the First World War, reconstruction and the campaigns for equal pay, 1914-24 4. 'As a matter of justice': the equal pay campaigns from 1924 to 1939 5 The slow road to victory: the equal pay campaigns from 1939 to 1954 6. Lark rise to spinsterhood? Women, the public service and marriage bar policy, 1914-46 7. Disabled husbands, deserted wives, working widows: the marriage bar in public servants' private lives until 1946 Conclusion Index -- .
Helen Glew is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Westminster -- .
'This book is highly valuable especially because work on this topic is long overdue. The GPO was the employer of one of the largest female workforces to be gathered together anywhere in the UK before the Second World War and to see how it grappled with and discussed contemporary issues of gender equality is fascinating. The rhetorical approach is vindicated. The research is meticulous, the book is well written and it will stand as the standard work on an important topic for a long time. I hope this absorbing book will stimulate further work in this thought-provoking and under-explored field.' Quentin Outram, University of Leeds, Labour History Review, vol. 81 No. 2 (July 2016) -- .