Part I: Introduction Chapter 1: The question of middle class women's work Part II: The Constraints of Women's Work Chapter 2: The constraints of gentility: The seperation of work and home and the emergence of the male-breadwinner norm Chapter 3: The constraints of feminity: The domestic ideology Chapter 4: What was 'women's work'? The patriarchal household and employers' 'knowledge' Part III: Strong-minded women Chapter 5: Bluestockings, philanthropists and the religious heterodoxy Chapter 6: Girl's education, governesses, and the ladies' colleges Chapter 7: Female philanthropy and the middle class nurse Part IV: The Women's Movement Chapter 8: Redefining "Women's Sphere": Confronting the Domestic Ideology Chapter 9: Redefining "Women's Work": Creating a "Pull Factor" Chapter 10: Redefining "Ladies Work": Creating a "Push Factor"
'Ellen Jordan's discussion of women's employment and the 'Women's Movement' meets its aim of deepening understanding of the social and economic factors influencing the expansion of women's work in nineteenth-century Britain.' - Megan Smitley, Business History Vol.42, No. 4, Oct 2000