The Society for the Oversea Settlement of British Women, 1919-1964

  • Bonnie White

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Bonnie White
    Pages 1-12
  3. Bonnie White
    Pages 195-201
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 203-222

About this book


This book examines the British government’s response to the ‘superfluous women problem', and concerns about post-war unemployment more generally, by creating a migration society that was tasked with reducing the number of single women at home through overseas migration.  The Society for the Oversea Settlement of British Women (SOSBW) was created in 1919 to facilitate the transportation of female migrants to the former white settler colonies. To do so, the SOSBW worked with various domestic and dominion groups to find the most suitable women for migration, while also meeting the dominions’ demands for specific types of workers, particularly women for work in domestic service. While the Society initially aimed to meet its original mandate, it gradually developed its own vision of empire settlement and refocused its efforts on aiding the migration of educated and trained women who were looking for new, modern, and professional work opportunities abroad. 


migration female imperialism colonialism women's land army twentieth century Great Depression Second World War volunteerism Gladys Pott Anti-Suffrage League Women’s Land Army Women’s Branch for the Board of Agriculture Meriel Talbot National Association of Landswomen

Authors and affiliations

  • Bonnie White
    • 1
  1. 1.Historical Studies, Grenfell CampusMemorial University of NewfoundlandCorner BrookCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-13347-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-13348-1
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