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Essays on the Welfare State$
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Richard M. Titmuss

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447349518

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447349518.001.0001

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The Position of Women

The Position of Women

Some vital statistics1

(p.54) 5 The Position of Women
Essays on the Welfare State

Richard M. Titmuss

Policy Press

This chapter talks about the satisfaction of recalling some of the achievements of the Women's Suffrage Movement in Britain, especially in a period when the possibilities of social progress and the practicability of applied social science are being questioned. The development of the personal, legal, and political liberties of half the population of the country within the span of less than eighty years stands as one of the supreme examples of consciously directed social change. The chapter then draws together some of the vital statistics of birth, marriage, and death for the light they shed on the changes that have taken place in the social position of women. Then, it suggests that the accumulated effect of these changes now presents the makers of social policy with some new and fundamental problems.

Keywords:   Women's Suffrage Movement, social progress, applied social science, social change, birth, marriage

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