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Post-war modernity and religious vocations

traditional female roles of nanny, nurse and secretary and more extraordinary options, such as kennel-maid, plastics designer and architect. 9 The magazine My Home also included a series on ‘careers with a future’ reflecting the rising proportion of women in long-term employment. 10 Financial means gave young women a degree of autonomy and consumer power. Historian Claire Langhamer suggests that many young women from the 1920s to the 1950s experienced their pre-marriage youth as a ‘golden age’ of leisure and independence. 11 The materialism of the world often

in Catholic nuns and sisters in a secular age