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Pamela Meadows welcomes an accessible overview of women and work, but is not convinced by its gloomy picture of a world of workless men and exploited women

By Pamela Meadows   February 1999

Suzanne Franks has written a maddening book. Most of it is well-researched, well-presented and thought-provoking. It is the sort of book any of us would want to write and which most of us enjoy reading. It presents a clear picture of the changes-social and economic, educational and domestic, professional and personal-which have taken place in the lives of women in Britain over the past 30 years. She also, unusually, records expectations about the future which people held in the recent past and considers the extent to which they have been fulfilled.

I have two minor reservations and one big one.…

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