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Author Stephen, Jennifer Anne, 1959-
Title Pick one intelligent girl : employability, domesticity, and the gendering of Canada's welfare state, 1939-1947 / Jennifer A. Stephen.
Imprint Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, [2007]

Series Studies in gender and history
Studies in gender and history.
Subject Women -- Employment -- Government policy -- Canada -- History -- 20th century.
Welfare state -- Canada.
Sex discrimination in employment -- Canada.
Women -- Canada -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- Canada.
World War, 1939-1945 -- War work -- Canada.
Description 1 online resource (x, 299 pages).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-292) and index.
Contents 'I want you to pick one intelligent girl': Mobilizing Canada's womanpower -- The national selective service women's division and the management of women war workers -- The psychologist at war: Assessing and recruiting for the Canadian women's army corps -- Preparing for the peace: The demobilization of women workers -- 'An aptitude test is in your best interest': Canada's employment charter for women veterans -- The return to domesticity: Canada's womanhood in training.
Summary "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." "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."--Jacket.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781442685659 (electronic bk.)
1442685654 (electronic bk.)
9780802091468 (bound)
0802091466 (bound)
9780802094216 (pbk.)
080209421X (pbk.)
OCLC # 654601952
Additional Format Print version: Stephen, Jennifer Anne, 1959- Pick one intelligent girl. Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, ©2007 (DLC) 2007390820 (OCoLC)81601252