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Carmen Mangion

girls enjoy freedom of movement, emancipation from parental control, and autonomy in the management of their affairs’; they were ‘conditioned by independence, self-determination and immunity from cramping restrictions imposed by former social conventions’. She also, like our Poor Clare earlier, linked the present with the past by contrasting pre-war from post-war womanhood in order to argue the grille’s functionality was redundant: ‘Fifty years ago it was unthinkable for a girl who valued her good name to remain for long periods in male company unchaperoned.’ She

in Catholic nuns and sisters in a secular age