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Last week you investigated the Role of Women during WWII and how their lives changed when war broke out.

Today we’re going to think about what life was like for women after WWII.

Read the information below and answer the questions as you get to them.

When the war finished, many women lost their jobs when the men returned to the positions they had left. Other jobs, which were specific to the war effort, were simply not necessary any longer. 

For lots of women, going back to the way they were before the war was quite difficult. They had got used to working and leading more independent lives and they were keen for the liberation of women to continue.

Do you think it was difficult for women who lost their jobs after the war? Why/why not?

What might women miss about their lives during the war?

In the 1940s and 1950s, Britain’s economy was on the up and more employment opportunities were opened up to women.

However, jobs done by women were viewed as secondary to jobs done by men. It was common for women to be sacked if they got pregnant and women were still paid less than men even if they were doing exactly the same job! Advertisements in the 1950s actually tried to encourage women to go back to being housewives.

How would you feel if this was the case today?

Why do you think it was considered acceptable to pay women less than men?

Why do you think society tried to exclude women from the workplace?

Times were changing and women no longer accepted their inequality to men. They had proved during and after the war that they were as capable as men and they wanted this to be acknowledged.

In the 1950s and 1960s, women campaigned for equal working rights and pay. However, it was not until 1961 that the very first occupation (teaching) paid its male and female workers the same rate.

Now complete the table below, comparing the role of women before, during and after WWII. You can use the knowledge you already have and can do some research too.

Either draw the table in your exercise book or you can write directly onto the table in the word document below.