chapter  3
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THE PHASES OF A LIFE-SPAN

SOME of our readers may object that our attitude to life, and to women's life in particular, is too utilitarian. Why are you trying, they may ask, to press-gang women into jobs? Why

To such readers we would like to say two things: Firstly, our modem economy cannot afford, nor can our democratic ideology tolerate, the existence of a large section of the population living by the efforts of others. Whether we like it or not, the leisured class has passed into history, together with the coach-and-four, the home-brewed ale, and other symbols of the 'good old times'. The gentleman of leisure, who spent his time travelling, educating himself, and enjoying the good things in life has disappeared, and the lady of leisure is bound to follow. With changed technical means our social aims, too, have altered. If we want to live in a fairly just, fairly rational society; if we want the living standard of our population to improve and its children be educated; if we want to free old age from the anxieties of dire poverty-we shall all have to contribute according to our best ability.