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The great experiment

The march of women into the workforce is the greatest social revolution of our century. Suzanne Franks wonders why so little adequate research has been done on the effects this is having on children

By Suzanne Franks   April 1997

Never mind whether or not feminism is dead. Who really cares? The burning question for the increasing number of women who work is what is happening to our children. Forget fathers. There is no term “working father,” for men still are their work. And conversely a man with no work is not really a man-and increasingly less desirable as a father. No, this is a woman’s problem.

“Missing Mum,” the Panorama programme, drew inappropriate conclusions from some questionable data. But it is absurd that unpublished research about working class family life in Barking and Dagenham based on teenage diaries can…

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