Joan Beavan had started in 1965 as a secretary at the Rank's plant in Mitcheldean. Here she describes an industrial dispute and strike by secretaries seeking pay based on their own work and experience, rather than based on the grade of the manager they supported.
Ruth Dainty grew up on Tithe Farm at Huntley. She worked in various domestic service jobs in Gloucester, with her treatment varying greatly. In her last position she felt she was one of the family. Here Ruth remembers what happened once she became engaged.
Jessie Greenhouse grew up in the traveller community, the daughter of a showman. After marrying Cinderford collier Wilfred Orpin her son James was born in 1948 in a tent at Crump Meadow camp. Here James remember's some of the ways his mother and him, and other traveller families, made a living.
Until statutory maternity leave was introduced int he 1970s women women were routinely dismissed or expected to leave work when they became pregnant, as Meryl Teague recalls here.