The Feminine Mistake

Are We Giving up Too Much?

Bennetts, Leslie

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Feminine Mistake
Women are often told that it's too difficult to balance work and family, so if they don't really "have to" work, it's better for their families if they stay home. Not only is this untrue, journalist Bennetts says, but the arguments in favor of stay-at-home motherhood fail to consider the surprising benefits of work and the unexpected toll of giving it up. Combining work and family really is the best choice for most women, and it's eminently doable. Earning money and being successful make women feel great, and when women sacrifice their financial autonomy by quitting their jobs, they become vulnerable to divorce as well as the potential illness, death, or unemployment of their breadwinner husbands. But women who stop working sacrifice far more than financial security--Bennetts' research documents the steep toll when women forfeit the intellectual, emotional, psychological, and even medical benefits of self-sufficiency.--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York : Voice/Hyperion, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1401303064
Branch Call Number: 331.4 B472f 2007
Characteristics: xxix, 350 p. ;,25 cm


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Staying at home with that new babe may sound ideal, but even if it is financially possible for you to do so now, perhaps this will make you reconsider the possible consequences of that decision. Is it really worth it?

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Jan 03, 2013
  • primojalapeno rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

interesting read on women's economic dependency when choosing to stay at home with the kids. raises questions that challenges women to re-think their decisions.


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