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Victoria’s Daughters: New Zealand Women of the Thirties by Eve Ebbett, Published by Reed, 1981, 1st Edition, Hardcover, Pgs 161,

Condition: Dust jacket and book in near new condition. No markings or inscriptions within, clean and tidy throughout.

Fox fur over the shoulder, powdered face, permanent wave, bright red lipstick ... it's a picture of the women of the thirties that still persists. But for many these were hard, grim years of make-do and mend, when it was a struggle simply to clothe and feed the family. Much has been written about New Zealand in the 1930s, during the years of the Depression, yet surprisingly little of this information has touched on the role of women during that period. Eve Ebbett has talked with many women —rich and poor, Maori and pakeha — who remember the time clearly. The book looks at the fashion and the fun, the hardships and the humiliations. It details the way education, careers and entertainment affected the lives of" women — and the way they sought, and fought for, the right to birth control and pain-free birth. The book is not a trip down memory lane. For those who do not remember the time, or who were born long afterwards, there are many parallels that can be drawn between the 1930s and the New Zealand of today. The photographs — and there are more than a hundred of them — have been carefully chosen to capture the atmosphere of the time and the way women of all classes lived. Contents include: Make-do and mend, No place like home, Washboard women, Bibs and tucker, Education, Careers: a limited choice, Domestic service, All in the day's work, Cast-offs and overalls, Fox furs and high fashion, Women and beauty, Social life, Weddings, Family planning and childbirth, Abortion, Women and health, Sporting life, Holidays, Entertainment, Women in the arts, A political life.
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