Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection
Sarah Crichton Books
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Hardcover / e-Book
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Fifty years after the Equal Pay Act, why are women still
living in a man’s world?
Debora L. Spar never thought
of herself as a feminist. Raised after the tumult of the
1960s, she presumed the gender war was over. As one of the
youngest female professors to be tenured at Harvard Business
School and a mother of three, she swore to young women that
they could have it all. “We thought we could just glide into
the new era of equality, with babies, board seats, and
husbands in tow,” she writes. “We were wrong.”
she is the president of Barnard College, arguably the most
important all-women’s college in the United States. And in
Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for
Perfection—a fresh, wise, original book— she asks why, a
half century after the publication of Betty Friedan’s The
Feminine Mystique, do women still feel stuck.
this groundbreaking and compulsively readable book, Spar
explores how American women’s lives have—and have
not—changed over the past fifty years. Armed with reams of
new research, she details how women struggled for power and
instead got stuck in an endless quest for perfection. The
challenges confronting women are more complex than ever, and
they are challenges that come inherently and inevitably from
being female. Spar is acutely aware that it’s time to change
Both deeply personal and statistically rich,
Wonder Women is Spar’s story and the story of our
culture. It is cultural history at its best, and a road map
for the future.
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