The Unmarried Mother

Author: Sheila Tofield

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1405911352

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 5865

Sheila Tofield tells her moving true story about being a single mother in 1950s Britain, in The Unmarried Mother. 'A searing, honest testimony' Lesley Pearse Sheila grew up in Rotherham, the daughter of an uncaring mother who made her believe she was useless, stupid and - most painfully of all - unlovable. As a young woman, her worst childhood fears were confirmed when her fiancé broke off their engagement without an explanation. Heartbroken and vulnerable, Sheila was easy prey to the worst type of man - a man who turned his back on her when she told him she was carrying his child. In Fifties Britain, an unmarried, pregnant girl received,not sympathy but censure and contempt. Shunned by most of her family, Sheila ended up in a Church of England home for unmarried mothers, with no apparent alternative than to give up her child for adoption. But when she held her newborn daughter in her arms for the first time, Sheila knew she had to do the unthinkable: bring up her baby on her own in a society that would condemn her for it. Sheila Tofield is a proud grandmother living in Chichester and The Unmarried Mother is her first book. Her touching story was picked up by Penguin when she entered the hugely successful life story competition with Saga Magazine.

The Unmarried Mother: A Study of Five Hundred Cases

Author: Percy Gamble Kammerer

Publisher: Sagwan Press

ISBN: 9781377257228

Category: History

Page: 370

View: 3287

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European Family Law in Action: Parental responsibilities

Author: Katharina Boele-Woelki,B. Braat,Ian Sumner

Publisher: Intersentia nv

ISBN: 905095443X

Category: Law

Page: 821

View: 6642

This volume contains detailed information concerning the law on parental responsibilities in twenty-two European jurisdictions. The expert members of the CEFL have drafted national reports on the basis of a detailed questionnaire. These national reports, together with the relevant legal provisions, are available on CEFL's web site (www.law.uu.nl/priv/cefl). This book integrates all the given answers in order to provide an overview and a straightforward simultaneous comparison of the different solutions chosen within the national systems. On the basis of this reliable and comprehensive comparative material the CEFL will be able to draft Principles of European Family Law regarding Parental Responsibilities.

Mother and Child

Maternity and Child Welfare in Dublin, 1922-60

Author: Lindsey Earner-Byrne

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0719089115

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 256

View: 480

This fascinating book provides a detailed account of the history of maternity and child welfare in Dublin between 1922 and 1960. In so doing it places maternity and child welfare in the context of twentieth-century Irish history, offering one of the only accounts of how women and children were viewed, treated and used by key lobby groups in Irish society and by the Irish state. Mother and Child is of critical importance to understanding the political and social history of modern Ireland as it examines the responses of the State, the church, voluntary groups and women to the emergence of the welfare State in Ireland. As such it makes a welcome contribution to Irish political, social, medical and gender history.

Mothers of the Municipality

Women, Work and Social Policy in Post-1945 Halifax

Author: Judith Fingard,Janet Vey Guildford

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802086934

Category: History

Page: 318

View: 5237

Highlighting women's activism in Halifax after the Second World War, Mothers of the Municipality is a tightly focused collection of essays on social policy affecting women. The contributors ? feminist scholars in history, social work, and nursing ? examine women's experiences and activism, including those of African Nova Scotian 'day's workers,' Sisters of Charity, St. John Ambulance Brigades, 'Voices' for peace, and social welfare bureaucrats. The volume underscores the fact that the 1950s and 60s were not simply years of quiet conservatism, born-again domesticity, and consumption. Indeed, the period was marked by profound and rapid change for women. Despite their almost total exclusion from the formal political arena, which extended into the tumultuous 1970s, women in Halifax were instrumental in creating and reforming programs and services, often amid controversy. Mothers of the Municipality explores women's activism and the provision of services at the community level. If the adage "think globally; act locally" has any application in modern history, it is with the women who fought many of the battles in the larger war for social justice.

Teen Pregnancy and Parenting

Social and Ethical Issues

Author: David Checkland,James Wong

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802080707

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 184

View: 1127

Nine original essays explore the many factors affecting how Canadian society responds to, and creates, the phenomenon of teen parenting. A challenges to assumptions about the circumstances, consequences and experience of teen parenting.

Single Mothers and Their Children

Disposal, Punishment and Survival in Australia

Author: Shurlee Swain,Renate Howe

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521474436

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 264

View: 1201

This 1996 book is a powerful and moving history of the treatment of single mothers and their children in Australia.

Misconceptions

Unmarried Motherhood and the Ontario Children of Unmarried Parents Act, 1921 to 1969

Author: Anne Lorene Chambers

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802082467

Category: History

Page: 258

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In 1921, despite the passing of legislation intended to ease the consequences of illegitimacy for children (Children of Unmarried Parents Act), reformers in Ontario made no effort to improve the status of unwed mothers. Furthermore, the reforms that were passed served as models for legislation in other provinces and even in some American states, institutionalizing, in essence, the prejudices evident throughout. Until now, historians have not sufficiently studied these measures, resulting in the marginalization of unwed mothers as historical subjects. In Misconceptions, Lori Chambers seeks to redress this oversight. By way of analysis and careful critique, Chambers shows that the solutions to unwed pregnancy promoted in the reforms of 1921 were themselves based upon misconceptions. The book also explores the experiences of unwed mothers who were subjected to the legislation of the time, thus shedding an invaluable light on these formerly ignored subjects. Ultimately, Misconceptions argues that child welfare measures which simultaneously seek to rescue children and punish errant women will not, and cannot, succeed in alleviating child or maternal poverty.

Women in Nazi Society

Author: Jill Stephenson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415622719

Category: History

Page: 223

View: 2647

This fascinating book examines the position of women under the Nazis. The National Socialist movement was essentially male-dominated, with a fixed conception of the role women should play in society; while man was the warrior and breadwinner, woman was to be the homemaker and childbearer. The Nazi obsession with questions of race led to their insisting that women should be encouraged by every means to bear children for Germany, since Germany’s declining birth rate in the 1920s was in stark contrast with the prolific rates among the 'inferior' peoples of eastern Europe, who were seen by the Nazis as Germany’s foes. Thus, women were to be relieved of the need to enter paid employment after marriage, while higher education, which could lead to ambitions for a professional career, was to be closed to girls, or, at best, available to an exceptional few. All Nazi policies concerning women ultimately stemmed from the Party’s view that the German birth rate must be dramatically raised.