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In some cultures, attitudes with regards to a woman’s ageing is closely related to her fertility.

I don't know what they mean by this. Any clarifications would be useful.
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I don't study your subject but I'd explore ideas around cultures who see a girl as a woman when she starts her period for the first time, or cultures that have young age of consent/marriage rates.

Also the fertility rates for women used in the current day are actually taken from about 300 years ago (obviously before birth control and the use of abortion)!! See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24128176

I'd also explore western cultural attitudes towards women who start the menopause and maybe tribes who embrace their elders? I'd look at why some cultures discard women once they've reached a certain age, whereas other cultures embrace those women for their skill and knowledge.

How about cultures that celebrate child birth and fertility festivals (if any cultures have them). Also I'd think about why women's fertility would be more important to certain cultures than others, ie in some countries they have lots of children who they can raise to provide for the parents when they reach old age, whereas other cultures don't rely on that need when deciding to reproduce. Perhaps explore the idea of women who decide not to have children and how they are treated in different cultures. Finally I'd look at changes over time and between cultures on the age at which a woman is 'over the hill' to get married - some cultures emphasise a specific time period in which women 'need' to get married, those who don't successfully find a husband have to live in a completely different way, like get a job!!

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