'Of course I didn't work … only when I had to': narratives of women's working lives and what really counted

Zajdow, Grazyna and Poole, Marilyn 2015, 'Of course I didn't work … only when I had to': narratives of women's working lives and what really counted, Journal of Australian studies, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 170-183, doi: 10.1080/14443058.2014.997271.

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Title 'Of course I didn't work … only when I had to': narratives of women's working lives and what really counted
Author(s) Zajdow, GrazynaORCID iD for Zajdow, Grazyna orcid.org/0000-0001-5329-0388
Poole, Marilyn
Journal name Journal of Australian studies
Volume number 39
Issue number 2
Start page 170
End page 183
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1444-3058
Keyword(s) census
Social Sciences
Arts & Humanities
Area Studies
Cultural Studies
Summary There was a long-held belief, that, prior to the 1970s, women were no longer involved in paid labour once they were married or began to have children. Official statistics also supported this particular national narrative. This paper argues that this narrative did not accurately reflect the historical situation because the methods used to determine who worked and when did not fully capture all of women's paid labour at the time. This is reflected in a small study of older women and their recollections of paid employment. Some women initially claimed that they did no paid work after marriage, but with low key, in-depth and persistent questioning, it became clear that many women did work in an unofficial capacity (in the black economy) or alongside their husbands in their paid employment. This is a preliminary study that underlines the importance of life-course narratives in the social sciences to delve deeply into women's memories and thus their experiences.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14443058.2014.997271
Field of Research 169901 Gender Specific Studies
Socio Economic Objective 940113 Gender and Sexualities
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, International Australian Studies Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30076898

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