Improvements in education and economic expansion in the 1950s ensured a range of school-leaving employment opportunities. Yet girls' full acceptance as adult women was still confirmed by marriage and motherhood rather than employment. This book examines the gendered nature of 'career'. Using both written sources and oral history it enters the theoretical debate over the significance of gender by considering the relationship between individual 'women' and the dominant representation of 'Woman'.
STEPHANIE SPENCER is Lecturer in the School of Education, University College Winchester, UK. Like many women of her generation she has an eclectic career profile. During a ten year 'gap' between school and university she taught at the Cordon Bleu School in London and ran a vegetarian restaurant. Her first degree was from the Open University, after which she went into academia full time.