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The miserable regiment of women

Today's professional women are advancing through the labour market in unprecedented numbers, but many are discovering stress and unhappiness rather than the promised land. Rosalind Miles suggests that the old enemies of feminism can no longer be blamed

By Rosalind Miles   November 1995

“Professions for women!” If not quite the last cry on Emily Davison’s lips as she went down under the King’s horse in 1913, this was certainly one of the main objectives of early feminists. They argued that the vote alone would never set women free-only work, with its redefinition of female status through increased access to power, privilege and not least pecunia, would serve.

That day has dawned. In the last 25 years, women’s participation in the labour force has grown from less than a third to more than a half: 55 per cent of women now work full-time, and…

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