Jenny Wormald and Women in Humanities Junior Research Fellow in History
St Hilda's College
I work on the history of women’s experience in Britain since 1945 and how this interacts with broader political and economic change. I am currently researching the mechanisms of women’s social mobility across generations. I am particularly interested in the role of the state in mobility processes. This research builds on my AHRC-funded doctoral thesis which used oral history evidence to argue that women born during the long 1940s should be considered the ‘welfare state generation’. I have recently published on the difficulties this generation of women faced in welfare state employment during the 1980s and their experience of downward mobility. I have been jointly awarded a Wellcome ISSF grant to set up an interdivisional project on ‘Doing Well? Social Mobility, Health and Well-Being in Britain’.