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All referenced quotes presented on the sidebars in this website are taken from the book Teaching Gender with Libraries and Archives: The Power of Information, edited by Sara de Jong and Sanne Koevoets.

1962 Marks & Spencer Welfare Report Extract 6

Marks & Spencer. 1962. Welfare report conducted by Flora Solomon. Page 18-19. ‘Social Activities’.

This extract gives details about the kinds of social activities available for M&S staff in the 1960’s. Solomon’s remarks on the responsibilities of married women workers and the interests of unmarried women workers are interesting. On page 19, a clear division between the types of social gatherings and events thought suitable for men and women is very apparent. Solomon stresses the importance of giving women employees “a sense of ‘belonging'” while men need “a much needed opportunity to air their own views”.

For more information on Flora Solomon, see the links to the Marks & Spencer Company Archive website on the ‘Other Useful Resources’ page.

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Source: Marks & Spencer Company Archive.

Q-Q1-2-2 1962 welfare report p18

Q-Q1-2-2 1962 welfare report p19

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