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Working girls part II

Alison Wolf replies to her critics

By Alison Wolf   June 2006

History is always a battleground. We see it through a contemporary prism, and cannot go back to double-check the facts. Clearly some people will disagree with the interpretation of female history to be found in my Prospect cover story from April—but I wish they did not feel obliged to caricature what I said in the process.   Pat Thane does this several times in her otherwise interesting comments. I did not deny that women often went into teaching because nothing else was available. On the contrary, I discussed in detail the historic absence of alternative careers for educated women, and…

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