chapter  4
Women’s Employment between the Wars
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In the newest and fastest growing trades of electrical engineer­ ing and m otor com ponent m anufacture the core of the workforce was female. On average around 40,000 women worked in essential m anufacturing and finishing processes, consistentiy accounting for two-thirds of the total em ploym ent.1 In Miriam Glucksmann’s study these women workers are elevated further to become the pioneers in a new relationship between labour and capital, subject, through their assembly line work, to unprecedented measures of exploitation and subordination.2