Labour History

Women’s Leadership in War and Reconstruction

Labour History (2013), 104, (1), 65–80.


The consequences of World War II for women’s employment, familial roles and personal freedom have received substantial attention, as have the new forms of domesticity that followed the war. Their place in the ambitious schemes for Post-War Reconstruction is less well understood. This article considers how the planning for Post-War Reconstruction conceived the role of women and how far they were involved in this planning. It suggests that the exclusion of women had particular consequences for the government’s attempt to secure constitutional powers for Post-War Reconstruction.

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*The author would like to thank the two anonymous referees ofLabour Historywho reviewed this paper. Google Scholar

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Macintyre, Stuart