Railwaywomen: Exploitation, Betrayal and Triumph in the Workplace

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With a compelling combination of humour and
indignation, Helena Wojtczak reveals the untold
story of the British railwaywoman, charting her
progress from exploited drudge in the 1830s to
steam engine driver by the 21st century, using an
engrossing collage of historic and contemporary
documents, photographs, official reports and vivid
personal testimonies.

Within the first two chapters we enter a world
of sabotage, gruesome fatalities, pig-stealing,
transvestism, murder, train crashes, a shipwreck,
bombs, capture by the enemy, strikes, anti-woman
agitation, heroic acts and tragic deaths.

As we trace the steps of women staking their place
in one of Britain’s largest and most well-known
industries, we learn of abysmal exploitation and
shameful betrayal. Ultimately the story develops
— via the crashing of male bastions, accompanied
by appalling harassment — into one of triumph.

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"A wonderfully complete picture of railwaywomen in war and peace." -- Gail Braybon, historian

"Meticulous archival research. Traces the trials, tribulations and triumphs of railwaywomen". -- Dr Gerry Holloway, Sussex University

"Such tales, such adventures and such achievements against the odds. Heroically researched, illuminatingly written and entertaining. I loved it." -- Dale Spender, educator and historian

"Superb documentary evidence. Future historians will see this work as the definitive history of women in the railway industry." -- Dr Gillian Reynolds, Coventry University

"The definitive guide to the place of women in the history of Britain’s railways." -- THE ARGUS

"Wojtczak has a rare talent which combines rigorous academic research with an immense gift
for storytelling." -- MICHAL BONCZA, THE MORNING STAR, 13 SEPT 2005

A well-written work in a style that never becomes dry, heavy or patronising. -- Steam World magazine

An unbiased, academically excellent and very entertaining work of history. Beautifully written from what has clearly been meticulous research. -- Adrian Vaughan

Wojtczak has a rare talent which combines rigorous academic research with an immense gift for storytelling. -- The Morning Star

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"Railwaywomen" is the first book ever written about the place of women workers in the history of Britain's railways. There have been several books on male labour on the railways, including those by Joby, McKenna, Bagwell, J.A.B. Hamilton and others, but for the most part they have ignored the women workers. Women have worked on Britain's railways since the industry began. From the 1830s they were employed to clean offices and within 20 years they were engaged in operational and workshop jobs. Among the earliest named women were a station mistress at Merry Lees (1832) and a level crossing keeper at Bexhill (1851). These women, and others in similar roles, open a book that takes us through the roller coaster of women's struggle for equality in one of Britain's most important and famous workforces, a book that is brought right up to date by including interviews and events as recent as July 2005. "Railwaywomen" is a landmark book, which has become, immediately upon publication, the standard reference work on the subject. The book takes its place in the canon of women's history, labour history and the story of trades unionism in Britain.

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