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Lone Mothers 21 Nov 2007
Residents in a Cecil House for homeless women, 1932. It was established in 1927 to provide cheap accommodation for homeless or vagrant women and their children. It prided itself on having an open door policy, which meant women could use the facilities without being quizzed about their personal circumstances.
Perspectives from history

From First World War widows to the ‘Vicky Pollard’ stereotype of a teenage mum, the portrayal of lone mothers has changed over time. At the Women's Library in London, the exhibition Sinners, Scroungers, Saints examines those changes and tells the stories of lone mothers from the 1800s to the present day. It's also hosting a symposium, bringing together new research on lone motherhood in Britain and Europe.  Jenni discusses the issues with the exhibition's curator, Dr Tanya Evans and Sacha Corcoran, a lone mother whose own mother was in the same situation. 

Sinners, Scroungers, Saints is at the Women's Library, London E1 7NT until 29 Mar 2008

Unfortunate Objects: Lone Mothers in Eighteenth-Century London by Dr Tanya Evans (Palgrave, Houndmills, 2005)

Sinners, Scroungers, Saints at the Women's Library
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