Dr Myra Mohnen

UK Host Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Project status

The Origins and Long-Run Dynamics of Female Labour Force Participation and Political Rights

Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries experienced a period of far-reaching cultural, political, and socio-economic transformation which brought about fundamental changes in the role of women. Some of the most important developments were the granting of suffrage for women in 1918 and the mobilisation of female labour during WWI.

Exploiting recent advances in digitization and record linking, this project will revisit the origin and consequences of women's emancipation. We will trace back women's transition from low-skilled occupations in agriculture, manufacturing, and domestic work to higher-skilled, while-collar professionals (nursing, teaching, clerical occupations), and their subsequent careers. In the second part of the project, we will investigate whether increased female representation in the workforce may have influenced the political debate and paved the way to women's right to vote.

Outputs and media

'Train to Opportunity: the Effect of Infrastructure on Intergenerational Mobility'

Workshop on labour and human capital accumulation – Royal Holloway, University of London, 20 June 2023

'International transfers, insurance and the transmission of inequality'

Workshop organised by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in October 2023

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