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The wages of men and women: should they be equal?

Webb, Beatrice (2011) The wages of men and women: should they be equal? Historical Studies in Industrial Relations (31/32). pp. 201-282. ISSN 2049-4459 (Online); 1362-1572 (Print)

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The War Cabinet Committee on Women in Industry arose out of an Award by the Committee on Production, in August, 1918, of an advance of wages to the women engaged in the Tramway and Omnibus undertakings equivalent to the advance that they had previously given to men. In forwarding this Award to the Ministry of Labour the Committee reported that the claim of women to equal remuneration with men, if adopted and established, must apply not only to women employed on tramways and motor omnibuses, but to women employed in many other industries. 'Such a principle,' the Committee stated, 'can only be decided on a national basis, after full, comprehensive and detailed investigation, with due regard to the far-reaching financial and economic considerations involved and after hearing all interests that would be affected, including those women (if any) engaged in other industries whose interests might be considered by them to be affected. The Committee therefore recommend that the whole question of women's wages and advances should be made the subject of a special inquiry, in which women can take part, and at which all the facts and circumstances which must be taken into account before any general guiding principle can be safely or properly formulated may be fully investigated and considered.' - Introduction, June 1919.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: A partial reprint of the Fabian Society pamphlet origianlly published in 1919. Excluded from this reprint are the end of Appendix I and the whole of Appendix II. There are other small layout changes - see Editorial note on page 201. The full text of this article is available at the link.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2013 09:01
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2018 16:21

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