Beatrice Nancy Seear: Tape One

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Nancy Seear born 7 Aug 1913. Early childhood; family background; Africa; London, Cornwall and Gloucester. Father, a miner; mother, teacher. Studied history at Cambridge University; industrial psychology and law at London School of Economics (LSE). Personnel manager at Clarks of Street, Somerset. War work with Ministry of Aircraft Production (MAP). Left Clarks, 1946. Clarks: women workers; employees; trade unions relations; Alice Clark (director of firm), responsible for personnel work. Religion and equality. Worked for Production Efficiency Board of MAP with Anne Shaw in America and Britain. Sir Stafford Cripps. Involved in factory productivity. 1946, Seear joined LSE teaching personnel management with Janet Kydd. On the Department of Scientific Industrial Research Human Factors Panel. Fought 1950 General Election. Campaigning with Violet Bonham-Carter. 1954: Pearl Jephcott and Seear's studies of married women at Peek Frean's biscuit factory, Bermondsey: 'Married Women Working.' Textile study by Doris Stanes. Further studies re employed women: 'Careers For Women In Industry' with Veronica Roberts and John Brock of Courtalds; 'Re-entry Into Employment' for Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in North America and Europe with Ed Mishan. Equal pay and pressure on Trade Union Congress: campaign helped by Fawcett Society - Hilda Clinkard (Civil Servant) and Kathleen Halpin. 1970 Equal Pay Act. Campaign against inequalities and discrimination re women.