chapter  5
Women and crime In Europe
ByFrances Heidensohn
Pages 17

Of all the developments in modern society changes in the perceived position of women have perhaps been the most remarked upon. Women in the majority of western nations have fewer than half the number of children their great-grandmothers did at the start of the twentieth century. Many now work in paid employment outside the home after, as well as before, marriage. Political and economic rights have been gained by women, often following considerable struggle, in most countries.