chapter  2
Financial Resources and Paid Employed
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This chapter shows how the liberation was in no sense a 'liberation' for women. Women did not experience a 'liberation' in 1944-48, neither from the point of view of their everyday lives nor from the point of view of political suffrage. The liberation emerges as an experience which meant the removal of German domination but offered women no other kinds of liberation. The chapter explains that women's lives were even more constrained after the war. Postwar legislation passed in relation to women's employment was slow to take effect but did indicate an increasing acceptance that women should work, and it seems probable that single women who were married after the war were less likely to stop working. The ambient discourse claimed that women gained their political education in the Resistance. During the post-war years it was the communists who did the most to explicitly seek out the women's vote and to promote women within the party as candidates for election.