Feminism and Motherhood in Western Europe, 1890-1970: The Maternal Dilemma
Mother-child relationships in WesternEuropewere greatly affected by political decisions during the early 1900s, and the maternal role has been transformed over the years. To understand the dilemmas faced by women concerning motherhood and work, Allen argues that problems must be examined in terms oftheir demographic and political development through history....more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 15th 2007 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published July 1st 2005)
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Ann Taylor Allen's book details feminist responses to motherhood in Europe from before the First World War through the 1970s. The essential tension dealt with by her feminist protagonists is that between being "a mother and an autonomous individual." (208.) Taylor begins with the history of attitudes toward motherhood, forming the intellectual historical background which later feminists drew upon and responded to. Allen demonstates the existence of a shift toward seeing male dominance as a hist...more