chapter  1
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A REVOLUTION IN TWO STAGES

Before that revolution women had at all times played a very active part in the economic life of society, as they do in agricultural communities to this day. Their two roles, raising a family and doing economically productive work, were fused into one way of life, work at home. When industrialization forced these to be separated, it was at first thought that women could carry on only one, namely, the family function. They had, therefore, first to assert their right to work alongside men; and now they have to prove that they can carry on both functions in one and the same lifetime, which is so much longer now than it was.