Friday, June 30, 2017
6/30/2017 When Women Didn't Count is published
And that has nothing to do with mystery fiction, but this is Robert Lopresti's blog. So there.
Here are a few of the facts from the four chapters on crime.
* During World War II the battle against prostitution in the United States was headed by Eliot Ness of the Untouchables.
* In the 1960's the number of women arrested for serious crimes increased at triple the rate for men.
* In 1880 there were 12 men in prison for every one woman. A statistician explained that one reason was that "if a wicked woman wants a crime committed, it is easy for her to get a man to do it for her."
* The 1990 Census was the first to try to count the number of people in Shelters for Battered Women. Forsecurity, shelter employees, rather than Census workers, did the count.
* In 2007 the government did its first study of alcohol as a weapon of rapists. An estimated 2.6 million women had been raped while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
You can read more here.