A Manifesto for Women of the World
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Non-Fiction | Self-Help
What do you need to live a good life in the real world?
Among other things, a real job-and changing diapers isn't
one. "Opting out" is a trade-off that is almost guaranteed
to blow up in your face, sooner or later. Linda Hirshman's
Get to Work-a clarion call for stay-at-home moms to blast
out of the house-is a rocket-propelled grenade aimed
directly at the mommy wars, and offers a bold plan for all
women to find and be able to pay for the kinds of satisfying
lives that a grown-up should want to lead.
The women's movement has been accused of failing because it
was too radical. Nope, says Hirshman-it wasn't radical
enough. It changed the workplace for women (sort of), but
did nothing to realign the home. Starting with the trend of
educated women abandoning their careers to raise children,
Hirshman shows that the real glass ceiling barring women
from success in the workplace is in their own homes. Why,
forty years after The Feminine Mystique, do men and women
still assign the physical, repetitious-and unremunerated--
jobs of housekeeping and child rearing almost entirely to
women? What is the loss to society when its most
accomplished women, or ones with the potential to be so,
flee their jobs to mind the kids? What is keeping all women
from having equal access to the rewarding adult world that
men live in? Who "chose" that deal?
The time is ripe for a new feminist revolution based on
values and quality of life, not on some false promise of
"choice." With Hirshman's strategic plan, Get to Work should
spark a new revolution-and help women rediscover that their
place is not necessarily in the kitchen.
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