The marriage bar

Bronagh Hinds describes the marriage bar faced by her mother, who was a teacher. She explains how her parents delayed their marriage until the end of the academic year so that her mother could receive her full year’s salary.

For more on having children and women working see Families and parenting and Division of labour.


How do you think marriage is portrayed in contemporary fiction, television or films? Is there a feminist example of marriage in popular culture that you can think of?

Do you think mothers of children under school age should work outside the home?