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The Motherhood Manifesto: What America's Moms Want - and What To Do About It Paperback – Bargain Price, March 28, 2006
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About the Author
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner works as a consultant and researcher in the field of environmental policy and political strategy. She is the author of The F-Word: Feminism in Jeopardy and writes frequently about public policy, health and new feminism. Rowe-Finkbeiner lives in Washington.
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Top Customer Reviews
For those who want to restore democracy in the United States, here is the recipe for doing just that--creating a society in which caregiving and work each receive their due, but in a balanced and humane manner. Must reading for anyone who cares about the burdens working mothers and families face under our current antiquated system of assuming that each person and each family is wholly self-reliant.
Wish the book had more on the issue of education. Recent news stories show that well over half of all Latino and black students drop out of school. Time magazine did a major story in recent months of the number of white students in middle America who are dropping out. Yet all research shows that better education, even a high school diploma will help keep a person out of poverty.
You can have all the childcare and after school programs you want but unless finishing school is made a priority society will continue to suffer. Even with state supported pre school programs we still have a huge drop out problem down the road come high school.
How many parents in this book who were/are struggling lack a high school education? How many could use continuing education in order to make a better living? How many parents with children in schools live in communities where families with children are the majority yet every new school bond issue is voted down?
On page 181 the authors write 'It is a reality of modern life that most mothers need to reenter the workforce before their children are in elementary school...' Where is the research that shows this? ABC 20/20 did an excellent piece a couple years ago that showed that for many working mothers, they were not making more money working but were in fact losing money what with the second car, childcare, clothes, second car etc.
How about we step back and look at the vast suburban landscape where the average family has two children yet the house the parents are buying is one-third or one hundred percent larger than the homes of the 1950's when families were larger.Read more ›
The wonderful thing about this book is that besides laying out the problems faced by mothers and their families, it offers the path to the solutions of these problems. Not only mothers should read this, but anyone who is part of a family, which, I guess, includes pretty much all of us.
The book stresses that families NEED two full time working parents to make ends meet and doesn't seem to take into account people who choose to do with less (like one car instead of two, second hand instead of new, ect...) to have one parent stay at home and the other work full time...but the reality is that for the way most people live and the wages they can realistically pull down, both do need to work just to make a basic living wage with no bells or whistles.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Joan Blades and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner appear to have inadvertently left the word "working" out of their book's subtitle. Read morePublished on September 22, 2012 by Ready Mommy
This book is full of stories and statistics supporting the fact that multiple social policy changes need to be passed through Congress in order to demonstrate support of America's... Read morePublished on November 30, 2010 by nomer15
This book is a call for progress. It includes realistic situations, but I felt like something was missing from it. Read morePublished on November 19, 2008 by Jane.flowers
A very important book. I agree that some issues were overlooked, but I think that for a simple manifesto format they covered the important basics.Published on March 2, 2008 by Mama of 2 boys
This is a great resource for women and mothers! Joan Blades first, clearly lays out the major issues we face and second, identifies an action plan that we can all contribute to.Published on November 3, 2006 by Laura Fleischer
For me and for the women in a local reading/action group to which I belong, this book provided important information on issues about which we are concerned and introduced us to a... Read morePublished on September 15, 2006 by prof.obrien
My main point is this: everyone needs a better wage, benefits, and support whether or not they are parents. Read morePublished on July 2, 2006 by E. Haraldson
I'm sorry, but this is just too much. Had the book been called 'The People Manifesto', it would be great. But a book that pushes for MORE benefits for mothers? Good gravy...why? Read morePublished on June 15, 2006 by tscowgirl
I was deeply disappointed in this book. As a young(ish) woman on a career track who is anticipating also being a mom in the next 2-5 years, I have thought a great deal about what... Read morePublished on May 29, 2006 by BookWorm