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The position of women

Ann Oakley

in Welfare and wellbeing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342997
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304203 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861342997.003.0005
The position of women

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This chapter observes that Titmuss stepped outside this limited frame of reference to consider some of the implications for the role of women of social and economic change in industrialised societies. It notes that this is originally a lecture given to the Fawcett Society, a campaigning organisation named after the suffragette Millicent Fawcett. It further notes that the crux of Titmuss's argument in the Fawcett lecture is that childbearing and childrearing now occupy a much less significant portion of women's lives than they used to. It explains Titmuss argued that the reduction of women's reproductive time meant that women still had around half of their lives in front of them when they had ‘completed the cycle of motherhood’, a period increasingly filled by employment. Thus, ‘women's two roles’ had become an accurate descriptor for an increasing proportion of the female population. It opines that Titmuss saw this change in women's position as nothing short of revolutionary.

Keywords: Titmuss; women; economic change; industrialised societies; Fawcett Society; Millicent Fawcett; childbearing; motherhood; employment; childrearing

Chapter.  4858 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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