Singled Out How Two Million British Women Survived Without Men after the First World War

ISBN-10: 0195378229
ISBN-13: 9780195378221
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Almost three-quarters of a million British soldiers lost their lives during the First World War, and many more were incapacitated by their wounds, leaving behind a generation of women who, raised to see marriage as "the crown and joy of woman's life," suddenly discovered that they were left without an escort to life's great feast. Drawing upon a wealth of moving memoirs, Singled Out tells the inspiring stories of these women: the student weeping for a lost world as the Armistice bells pealed, the socialite who dedicated her life to resurrecting the ancient past after her soldier love was killed, the Bradford mill girl whose campaign to better the lot of the "War spinsters" was to make her a public figure--and many others who, deprived of their traditional roles, reinvented themselves into something better. Tracing their fates, Nicholson shows that these women did indeed harbor secret sadness, and many of them yearned for the comforts forever denied them--physical intimacy, the closeness of a loving relationship, and children. Some just endured, but others challenged the conventions, fought the system, and found fulfillment outside of marriage. From the mill-girl turned activist to the debutante turned archeologist, from the first woman stockbroker to the "business girls" and the Miss Jean Brodies, this book memorializes a generation of young women who were forced, by four of the bloodiest years in human history, to stop depending on men for their income, their identity, and their future happiness. Indeed, Singled Out pays homage to this remarkable generation of women who, changed by war, in turn would change society.

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Where Have All the Young Men Gone?
Two women
The crown and joy
Deeply loved and sadly missed
A world without men
Surplus Two Million
'A world that doesn't want me'
The twilight state
Odd women and Ann Veronicas
The spinster problem
Destiny and the devil
The more of us the merrier
On the Shelf
Husbands
Mr Wrong
Heart-to-heart chats
A buyers' market
'But who will give me my children?'
Business Girls
War, work and wives
Palaces of commerce
A rotten hard life
Miss All-Alone in the classroom
Miss All-Alone on the wards
Caring, Sharing ...
Lonely days
Companions, consolations
Other people's babies
Lonely nights
The blessed fact of loving
A Grand Feeling
A cause, a purpose and a passion
The Well
The urge
Finding happiness as a 'bach'
Surviving the night
The Magnificent Regiment of Women
The challenge of loss
We are not downhearted
A good strong character
Doing things that matter
'You loved him'
Notes on Sources
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index

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