chapter  2
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Historical Summary

Scoldsandharlotsareolderphenomenathanpick-pocketsand car-thieves.Muchofwhatpassesforfemaledelinquencyinthe14 to17age-group(thegrouptobestudiedinthisresearch)isoff-beat inaveryprimitiveway.Studiesofpenalreformmakelittlemention oftheminoritygroupofwomenandgirls.Theyare'covered'by numerousActsofParliamentjustasthemenarecovered,butnot muchhistoricalresearchisdevotedtothemasadistinctivegroup frommen,norastohowfarthelegislationofthepastcenturyhas cateredfortheirdifferingemotionalandsocialneeds.'Covered'is indeedtherightword,foritisoftendifficulttofindamentionof femaledelinquency.