The Unmarried Mother

Author: Sheila Tofield

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1405911352

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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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.

Counseling the Unmarried Mother

A Paper Submitted as Partial Fulfillment of the C-22 Writing Requirement (Classic Reprint)

Author: Roger W. Johnson

Publisher: Forgotten Books

ISBN: 9780365507833

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 26

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Excerpt from Counseling the Unmarried Mother: A Paper Submitted as Partial Fulfillment of the C-22 Writing Requirement Another terribly important facet, which has only recently been an obaect of study, is the relationship of occupational association to illegitimacy. In a rather large study by Durkheim the occuaptions of 89 unwed mothers were correlated with the occupations of the alleged fathers. The interesting results of that study are found on the following page (page If, as this study seems to indicate, occupational association is an important factor in illegitimacy, the military W111 certainly have to be prepared to do extensive counseling to unwed mothers as the male-female associations become closer. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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: 2409

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.