Singled Out: How Two Million Women Survived without Men After the First World War

TitleSingled Out: How Two Million Women Survived without Men After the First World War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsNicholson, Virginia
Number of Pages336
PublisherOxford University Press
CityNew York
Abstract

The First World War deprived Britain of three-quarters of a million soldiers, with as many more incapacitated. In 1919 a generation of women who unquestioningly believed marriage to be their birthright discovered that there were, quite simply, not enough men to go round. The press ran alarming stories about the ‘Problem of the Surplus Women – Two Million who can never become Wives . . .’. But behind the headlines were thousands of brave, emancipated individuals forced by a tragedy of historic proportions to rethink their entire futures. Tracing their fates, Virginia Nicholson shows how the single woman of the inter-war decades had to stop depending on men for her income, her identity and her happiness. Some just endured, others challenged the conventions, fought the system and found fulfilment. Singled Out pays homage to this remarkable generation of women who were changed by war, and in their turn helped change society.

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