13 May 2010

Singled Out

Before the First World War a single woman was expected to have one aim in life - to get married. But three-quarters of a million British soldiers were killed in that war, leaving not enough men to go round for a generation of what became known as 'Surplus Women'. Virginia Nicholson is the author of the widely acclaimed Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 1900-1939. This is her study which explores the extraordinary lives these 'left-over' women made for themselves. It tells how they challenged conventions, how they campaigned to better their lot, how they often coped with poverty, childlessness, and ... more >>

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