Family Life

In this extract Angela McFarland tells us about her early married life. She says that her husband worked in the coal yard during the winter and the docks during the summer. She remembers that things were difficult for her at that time as she had full responsibility for the entire household and for the rearing of her children. She says this was considered a woman's duty at that time.

That women were left with primary responsibility for the home and for children is a common feature of all of the participant's accounts. What is surprising about these accounts however is the number of women who earned their own money which they claimed was to supplement the family income. Rather than be completely reliant on their husband's earnings, which were often intermittent, many of the women took on the dual role of family and work.

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