From spinsters to singles

  • Tuula Gordon
Part of the Women in Society book series (WOSO)


I shall consider the position of unmarried women in Britain, the USA and Finland in the nineteenth century, in the 1950s and in the 1980s in order to illustrate some of the continuities and changes in their lives. The overview is necessarily cursory — changes in the position of women hinge on complex sets of developments — but some of the shifts are illustrated.


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    Wacklin, Sara (1966) Sata muistelmaa Pohjanmaalta, WSOY, Porvoo, pp. 76–82.Google Scholar
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    Friedan, Betty (1963) The Feminine Mystique, Dell, New York.Google Scholar
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    Cf. M. Young and P. Wilmott (1973) The Symmetrical Family, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London.Google Scholar

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