The long road to partial equality

23rd January 1998 at 00:00
1911 National Union of Teachers elects first woman president.

1919 NUT accepts equal pay as union policy. National Association of Schoolmasters formed to fight for family wage for men, and men teachers for educating boys.

1921-23 Local education authoritiesintroduce marriage bar. Some announce that women must in future resign when they marry. One in three LEAs goes further and dismisses married women teachers.

1944 Marriage bar abolished.

1959 Percentage of state school headships held by women falls below 50 per cent for the first time.

1960 Proportion of women teachers who are married reaches 42 per cent.

1961 Implementation of equal pay for teachers.

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