Gendering the Fertility Decline in the Western World

by Angélique Janssens (Volume editor)
Conference proceedings VIII, 364 Pages


The first demographic transition changed the face of the western world as thoroughly as did the Industrial Revolution. As couples began to have fewer children, women were released from the heavy burden of endless pregnancies and extended periods of child care. Even though this profound process of change has been extensively researched, women were rarely pictured as decision-makers concerning fertility and family. Moreover, men and women were mostly not perceived as having potentially differing interests in sexuality and child-bearing. This volume contains papers delivered at the conference Were Women Present at the Demographic Transition? which was held at the Radboud University Nijmegen, 20-21 May 2005. The contributions throw light on the active role women played in the fertility decline as well as on the complex process of decision-making between husbands and wives.


VIII, 364
ISBN (Softcover)
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2007. VIII, 364 pp., num. fig. and tables

Biographical notes

Angélique Janssens (Volume editor)

The Editor: Angélique Janssens, born in the Netherlands in 1955, is currently associate professor of history at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Her publications include a large number of articles, a book and several volumes on women’s history, the history of the family and other issues from the field of social and economic history.


Title: Gendering the Fertility Decline in the Western World