Jocelyne George was a student of Georges Duby and Maurice Agulhon in the Faculty of Arts at Aix-en-Provence. She is the holder of agrégation and a doctorate in history (université de Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne), and devoted her thesis to the mayors of the Var department from 1789 to 1939. She published the first general history of mayors in France, and then wrote about the French Third Republic and relations between Paris and the provinces. After retiring she sought to contribute to women’s history. In collaboration with Marianne Leulliez, she brought back from oblivion a childbirth technique that was revolutionary for its time, and pursued her research while studying the role of women in unionism.