Pick One Intelligent Girl: Employability, Domesticity and the Gendering of Canada's Welfare State, 1939-1947 by Jennifer Anne StephenPick One Intelligent Girl: Employability, Domesticity and the Gendering of Canada's Welfare State, 1939-1947 by Jennifer Anne Stephen

Pick One Intelligent Girl: Employability, Domesticity and the Gendering of Canada's Welfare State…

byJennifer Anne Stephen

Paperback | April 28, 2007

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During the tumultuous formative years of the Canadian welfare state, many women rose through the ranks of the federal civil service to oversee the massive recruitment of Canadian women to aid in the Second World War. Ironically, it became the task of these same female mandarins to encourage women to return to the household once the war was over. Pick One Intelligent Girl reveals the elaborate psychological, economic, and managerial techniques that were used to recruit and train women for wartime military and civilian jobs, and then, at war's end, to move women out of the labour force altogether.

Negotiating the fluid boundaries of state, community, industry, and household, and drawing on a wide range of primary sources, Jennifer A. Stephen illustrates how women's relationships to home, work, and nation were profoundly altered during this period. She demonstrates how federal officials enlisted the help of a new generation of 'experts' to entrench a two-tiered training and employment system that would become an enduring feature of the Canadian state.

This engaging study not only adds to the debates about the gendered origins of Canada's welfare state, it also makes an important contribution to Canadian social history, labour and gender studies, sociology, and political science.

Jennifer A. Stephen is an assistant professor in the Department of History at York University.
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Title:Pick One Intelligent Girl: Employability, Domesticity and the Gendering of Canada's Welfare State…Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:April 28, 2007Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

  1. I Want You to Pick One Intelligent Girl’: Mobilizing Canada’s Womanpower
  2. The National Selective Service Women’s Division and the Management of Women War Workers
  3. The Psychologist at War: Assessing and Recruiting for the Canadian Women’s Army Corps
  4. Preparing for the Peace: The Demobilization of Women Workers
  5. ‘An Aptitude Test Is in Your Best Interest’: Canada’s Employment Charter for Women Veterans
  6. The Return to Domesticity: Canada’s Womanhood in Training

    Conclusion

    Notes

    Bibliography

    Index