Throughout history, women have been pressured by society to choose between motherhood and sexuality. Before the relatively recent social change for women brought about by the feminist movement, women were viewed as intellectually inferior as well as physically weaker and in need of protection from men.
“Fallen Women, Problem Girls: Unmarried Mothers and the Professionalization of Social Work, 1890-1945” describes the social change for women throughout that period.
In this period out-of-wedlock pregnancy came to be seen as one of the most urgent and compelling problems of the day.
Drawing on previously unexamined case records from maternity homes, Regina Kunzel explores how women negotiated the crisis of single pregnancy.