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Also by Linda Hirshman:

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Get to Work
Linda Hirshman

A Manifesto for Women of the World

Viking
June 2006
112 pages
ISBN: 0670038121
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$19.95
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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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