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Demography as a female-oriented discipline

“It will be helpful, at least for the moment, to treat our subject in its application to only one of the two sexes. For practical reasons we choose the female population” (Lotka 1998, 113). This is how, in 1939, mathematical demography was born, excluding men from consideration. Lotka's basic equations involve only females,…

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Fargues, Philippe, “Demography”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 17 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2009

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