In 1952, 75% of women were married, with the average age for marriage 21 years old.
Their place was firmly regarded as in the home � something of a shock to those who had worked during and after the war. It wasnt easy,� says Patricia Staley, 90. In 1950, she had given up an office job at the National Coal Board to marry. I was a wife and full-time mother to three boys under four. I wanted to be at work.� Access to contraception was