The average wage in 1950 was about £2. 5 shillings a week, but things were gradually changing, but the real progress in the standard of living did not happen until the 60’s. Here is a list of landmark events, which gives an indication of the progress made in 50’s Britain
British Middle Class Life & Issues in the 1950’s
By Kylee Durrett
Britain in the 1950’s
Facts about the 50s in Britain
1951- Festival of Britain
1952- The first jet airplane carries passengers
1953- Queen Elizabeth’s coronation
1954- Rationing ends
1959- Britain’s first motorway opens, M1
However class was still an issue despite the increased educational opportunities and full employment in the 1950s. Unfortunately female career choices were constricted by the seemingly universal opinion that woman’s place would be in the home. The vast majority of girls left school at 15 and, after, a brief training period, entered employment only to leave once married. Class mostly determined the choice of career and which type of school was attended, and, even if there were greater choices open to a few girls, all were affected by notions of a ‘universal woman’.
British society was still strongly influenced by war. Most grandfathers had served in the First World War, most fathers in the Second, and most young men were currently called up for two years of National Service. The armed services occupied a far more prominent role in British life than they do today. There were four times as many servicemen in the early 1950s as there are today. A majority of them were conscripts, who were variously elated, bored or appalled by their experiences.
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