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Blame the neoliberals

Some of the problems identified by Alison Wolf are real, but it is not the emancipation of women that is to blame. It is rather the neoliberal economic policies of Britain, as international comparisons make clear

In her article in the April issue of Prospect, Alison Wolf correctly describes the formal emancipation of women in “developed” societies as a “rupture in human history,” but trips up in much of her commentary on the consequences of this fact. She argues that historically, women of all classes shared the same life experiences, thus rendering “women” a more or less homogeneous category. However, in contemporary societies a minority of educated women now behave as “surrogate men,” following the same career paths as men in elite occupations. This has led not only to reduced or non-existent childbearing among such women,…

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