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August 27, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(9):706. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690090056023

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Women in Industry and Suicide  Suicide is more frequent in men than in women. Before the war, for every 100 male there were 34.2 female suicides; in 1920, 53.9; in 1924, 37.3. The percentage of women has fallen again in the last few years in Hamburg. The number of female suicides recently has risen and that of male suicides has fallen. Writing in the Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift, Professor Hanauer comes to the conclusion that the participation of women in industry favors suicide. Since the winning of "woman's rights," woman "is thus paying a high price for her equality." This is particularly evident in Russia. Before the war the proportion of male to female suicides was 4: 1. After the war, when women were granted equality in social life, the percentage of female suicides was doubled or trebled. This generally observed relation contradicts the suicide statistics of India, where the female

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