Dr Eve Worth


Eve works on the history of women’s experience in Britain since 1945 and how this interacts with broader political and economic change. Her AHRC-funded doctoral thesis argued that the welfare state was so central to the lives of women born during the long 1940s that they should be considered the ‘welfare state generation’. This insight offers a new way to understand the significant changes in education, work and life-cycle that occurred in the lives of post-war women. Eve’s current project builds on this doctoral research to analyse women’s social mobility across generations in mid-to-late twentieth century Britain. She is researching the mechanisms of social mobility for women and how their mobility experience is inflected by gender. She is a founder member of the TORCH interdisciplinary research network Rags to Riches?: Experiences of Social Mobility since 1800 and is co-editing a special issue of Cultural and Social History on re-thinking the history of social mobility.


  • Eve Worth, 'Women, Education and Social Mobility in Britain During the Long 1970s', Cultural and Social History, 16/1 (2019) 
  • Christina de Bellaigue, Helena Mills and Eve Worth, 'Rags to Riches? New Histories of Social Mobility in Modern Britain- Introduction', Cultural and Social History, 16/1 (2019)
  • ‘A Tale of Female Liberation?: The Long Shadow of De-Professionalization on the Lives of Post-War Women’, Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique, 23/1 (2018)