by Helen McCarthy

A groundbreaking history of mothers who worked for pay that will change the way we think about gender, work and equality in modern Britain.

In Britain today, three-quarters of mothers are in employment and paid work is an unremarkable feature of women’s lives after childbirth. Yet a century ago, working mothers were in the minority, excluded altogether from many occupations, whilst their wage-earning was widely perceived as a social ill. In Double Lives, Helen McCarthy accounts for this remarkable transformation, whose consequences have been momentous for Britain’s society and economy.

Interview with the Author

History Extra
Working mothers
6/2/20       35 min

Dan Snow’s History Hit
Motherhood, Working and Pandemics
5/12/21          21 min

Hidden Histories
The History of Motherhood with Helen McCarthy
5/16/20      40 min

Dr Helen McCarthy
4/26/20       50 min

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