Politics of the Sexes in English and Scottish Teachers’ Unions 1870–1914

  • Helen Corr
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There is a substantial body of historical and sociological literature which establishes that female employees have been less likely than males to join trade unions. A lower rate of trade union membership was a characteristic shared by women in a variety of manual and white collar occupations during the late nineteenth century. Most notably in the elementary school teaching profession, females formed the majority of the workforce in both England and Scotland, but were in a minority in the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT). The EIS and NUT constituted the largest professional organisations for elementary certificated teachers in Scotland and England in the late Victorian period. This paper will examine a series of ideological factors underpinning women teachers’ reluctance to join professional organisations, and the controversial issue of equal pay will form the central theme.


Trade Union Female Teacher White Collar Occupation Sexual Politics Woman Teacher 
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© British Sociological Association 1990

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  • Helen Corr

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