by Ann Oakley
6th July 2021

In this episode of the Transforming Society podcast, Rebecca Megson-Smith talks to Ann Oakley, Professor and founder-director of the Social Science Research Unit at the UCL Institute of Education and best known for her work on sex and gender, housework, childbirth and feminist social science.

Rebecca and Ann talk about Ann’s latest book, Forgotten Wives: How Women Get Written Out of History, and how married women’s achievements are actively ‘disremembered’.

The stories of Charlotte Shaw, Mary Booth, Jeannette Tawney and Janet Beveridge show how modern social policy has been shaped by their role in the work that is usually wholly attributed to their famous husbands.





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