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Starred Review. It would be easy to dismiss this as yet another salvo in the mommy wars-—the debate over women opting out of careers to be stay-at-home moms. But Bennetts, a longtime journalist and writer for Vanity Fair, is more interested in investigating what she sees as the heart of the matter: economics. Through impressive research and interviews with experts and with real women, Bennetts shows that women simply cannot afford to quit their day jobs. Long-term loss of income has a cascading impact in areas such as medical benefits and retirement funds, not to mention a woman's sense of autonomy, derived from financial independence. Further, a career supplies a woman with a measure of security for herself and her children in the event of unexpected sickness or divorce. As any woman who has tried knows, returning to the workforce and finding a well-paying job after an absence of years, or even decades, is difficult. Not so long ago mothers would pin a dollar bill to their daughters' underclothes when they went out on a date in case, for some reason, they needed carfare home. Those mothers knew all to well that without money of your own it's easy to be left stranded. As Bennetts expertly shows, it's still true. (Apr.)
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Many well-educated American women are giving up the struggle to balance career and motherhood and making the "willfully retrograde choice" of relying on men to support them and their children, Bennetts maintains. Financial dependency can jeopardize women's futures and those of their children, she warns. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of women as well as sociologists, economists, legal scholars, and other experts, Bennetts lays out the dangers of giving up careers. She looks at how new divorce laws have altered alimony, reducing the likelihood of a lifetime guarantee of support for stay-at-home mothers after divorce. She details the impact of a loss of income on medical and retirement benefits and weighs it against lifelong financial needs. Bennetts encourages women to consider a "fifteen-year paradigm," viewing their lives beyond the years of motherhood and asking themselves what they want from life when their children are grown and gone. Allowing women to tell their own stories of economic abandonment, Bennetts presents a cautionary tale for women pondering giving up economic independence. Vanessa Bush
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I am 30 and I read this book when it first came out in 2007. I was married but did not have my daughter at the time. Read morePublished 5 months ago by NewHampshirite
BOOK WAS IN GREAT SHAPE, HARDBACK WHICH IS MORE VALUABLE . VERY HAPPY WITH THE WHOLE TRANSACTION.Published 6 months ago by chuck gillette
Great book. It's important to think about all these things "before" choosing to work or be a stay at home mom.Published 7 months ago by KARIN WASYLIW
This book really is preaching to the choir. Although I strongly agree with the author's premise, I found the lack of balance in her rhetoric somewhat off-putting. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have enjoyed reading this book. I really see how women give up too much. Yes I agree we all need to be independent. Think for our own future. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Vickie Cosic
Leslie Bennetts did a wonderful job of highlighting the potential downfalls of relying on the "traditional" familial household where the husband is the breadwinner and the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Candace Owen
I have read and reread this book multiple times! Extremely well written by the author with multiple interviews and citations. Read morePublished 20 months ago by working mother of 3
The Feminist Mistake was a sad disappointment. I expected something with research and cites, but all I got were anecdotes. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Gagewyn
Had to read this book for a college class though it can be empowering at times it also seems to be very repetitive.Published 23 months ago by Marie