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11.10.16

Wretched Girls, Wretched Boys, and the Medieval Origins of the “European Marriage Pattern”

Humanities Forum — Webb Lecture
Judith Bennett, John R. Hubbard Professor Emerita, University of Southern California
“Wretched Girls, Wretched Boys, and the Medieval Origins of the ‘European Marriage Pattern’”
Thursday, November 10, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The “Girl Effect,” a new buzzword in development circles, argues that economies grow when girls marry later and get more schooling. This lecture skeptically examines its historical equivalent — the idea that “Girlpower” (better jobs for girls and later marriage) drove the extraordinary development of modern Europe. (Click heading for full description.)