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The infant mortality rate (IMR) is the figure for deaths in the first year of life as a proportion of 1,000 live births. 8 shows that the course of decline in IMR had three characteristic features: a steady but sharply cyclical decline from 1900 to 1941, a steep and less cyclical pattern from 1941 to 1952, and then a slower and much smoother gradient from 1952 until 2000. 12 The cause of the fluctuations in IMR in the first four decades of the century was the sweeping incidence of various childhood diseases which ravaged the child population every few years: notably, measles, whooping cough and scarlet fever.

10 The result was a trend towards equalisation of opportunity for men and for women, but one that was highly differentiated between occupations. 6 shows the percentage of the workforce that was female, which indicates that the proportion was virtually constant from 1901 to 1951, rising marginally to 1961, but then rising steeply in the 1960s and by significant amounts in successive decades. A broadly similar picture of the timing of gender change comes from data on female access to higher education.

297. British Film Institute Handbook 2005. 13 Estimated Scottish cinema admissions, 1933–2000 (millions). 3 million in 2000. 10). Football club matches also rose sharply in the early decades of the century. 9 shows the crowds attracted to what became traditional ‘derby’ matches in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, indicating the strength of the western city’s football allegiances. These were days of immense mass mobilisation of Scottish men. 24 But in the first fifty years of the century, the numbers drawn to spectate at lower-status events were also huge, and much larger than in the closing decades.

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