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She wants to be like her Mum: Girls' transition to work in the 1960's

By Henrietta O'Connor and John Goodwin


This paper was published as Working Paper 36 by the Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester. It is also available from A paper of the same title, which is available from, was subsequently published as a journal article in Journal of Education and Work, 2004, 17 (1), pp. 95-118.In the early 1960s researchers at the University of Leicester carried out a\ud unique survey into the school to work transition experiences of nearly nine\ud hundred young adults. The survey documented most aspects of the schoolleavers’\ud lives, however, the majority of the data from this 'Young Worker\ud Project' has remained unanalysed and unpublished for nearly forty years.\ud Recently 851 of the original interview schedules were uncovered and, as part\ud of a broader ESRC funded project, re-analysis has commenced.\ud Little is known about the transition to work at this time and what research\ud does exist has focused on the experience of boys. Using data from the\ud original survey, which included interviews with 260 girls, this paper\ud examines the female experience of the transition from school to work,\ud concluding that gender played a significant role in influencing the way in\ud which the school to work transition was experienced

Publisher: Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester
Year: 2002
DOI identifier: 10.1080/1363908042000174219
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