Growing Up Post-War: All Over Now?
The authors describe their lives growing up in the shadow of war. They share similarities and differences as they capture the impact of war in the immediate aftermath, a time of looking forward and optimism. For Carol’s parents it was a time of unemployment and poverty, while for Jenny, an only child, a lonely childhood. Both authors were indoctrinated into the domestic routines of home life that dominated many women’s lives at that time. A rigid division of labour and the frustrations of their duty-bound mothers instilled a powerful need to break away from such a life. The chapter explores the impact of war on the lives of two women growing up at a time of feminism and welfare reform.