Changing Times: A different world - women's stories of the 50s and 60s
Editor: Deirdre Beddoe
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"Mornings were used to teach the basic three Rs and to progress us through our Janet and John readers. I only learned much later, in my thirties, how limited Janet's activities had been in comparison to her brother John's and how some scholars linked these textual role models to teenage girls' 'poverty of aspiration'."
Brenda moved to London and learned nursing in the traditional way, all hospital corners and 'nurses never run'. Heulwen determined to establish Welsh language schools and didn't stay at home with her own children. Let down by her married lover, Dot was treated appallingly by the dragons of the Moral Welfare department.
Like many other aspects of life, education in the 50s and 60s for most girls still meant segregation not just by gender but also by eleven-plus. Grammar school set you up for life, whilst secondary modern meant you were one of the 'workers'. Many women still lost their jobs on marriage and certainly if they became 'unmarried mothers'. But the 50s and 60s also brought rock-n-roll, rising hemlines and the first signs of female emancipation since the vote. With the pill came freedom from the threat of unwanted pregnancy. And though the 'swinging sixties' passed most of rural Wales by, they did bring electricity and the Dansette and the music of the Beatles…
Category: Autobiography Historical Anthologies
First published by Honno in : January 2010
Contributors: Jo Mazelis, Hazel Farr, Leona Jones, Mary Davies Parnell, Carolyn Lewis, Rachel Treadwell, Beth Clarke, Jane Salisbury, Carys Richards, Ann Rodgers, Marianne Jones, M Muriel Hughes, Pam Clatworthy, Joan Hilditch, Lorna Pope, Lynne Rees, Gaynor Cohen, Jude Brigley, Marian Tawe Davies, Gillian Morgan, Judith Maro, Elaine Morgan, Eirwen Gwynn, Pamela Cockerill, Sally Gough, Mari Ellis, Marian Tawe Davies, Eva Goldsworthy, Dot Clancy, Eirlys Ogwen Ellis, Margaret Smith, Eiluned Davies, Heulwen Williams, Brenda Curtis, Jude Brigley, Molly Parkin, Jen Wilson, Jenny Sullivan, Margaret Lloyd, Siân Edwards, Hilda Price, PennyAnne Windsor, Stella Levey,