Conclusion: A Continuing Dilemma

  • Ann Taylor Allen

Abstract

Between 1970 and the present lies a great deal of history, which included many changes in the status of women and of mothers. Nonetheless, the old problems persist. And of all these problems, the maternal dilemma is among the most intractable. The difficulty of reconciling maternal and familial responsibilities with individual aspirations is still a major obstacle to the equality of women in Western Europe and elsewhere. In this book, we have seen how the maternal dilemma was defined and debated by feminists during the early and middle years of the twentieth century. What light can this history throw on the present?

Keywords

Europe Income Infertility Defend 

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