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Rosemary Crompton rightly points to flaws in Alison Wolf’s analysis of the problems of modern working women. And we agree that Wolf got her history wrong.

Wolf compares a present when highly educated women have wide opportunities in the workplace with a past when they did not. She sees losses as well as gains. Loss of “millenia” of “sisterhood… during which women of all classes shared the same major life experiences to a far greater degree than did men,” and loss of a “specifically female public service ethos” as educated women have abandoned a central commitment to the family, voluntary…

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