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In search of female criminality

Are women bad enough yet?

Satyanshu K. Mukherjee and R. William Fitzgerald

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In recent years there has been a considerable interest in the subject of "crimes by women". Many writers seem to suggest that this subject is an issue warranting further investigation in the context of the changing status of women in society. This interest has coincided with the accelerated momentum of the feminist movement. In the light of the available evidence the seriousness of female crime presented by numerous writers of varied ideological persuasions and theoretical biases, the import of this issue is not adequately substantiated. The analysis and interpretations of evidence by some of the writers are inappropriate and misleading; others have presented purely conjectual opinions.