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A short book with a simple point and a proposed solution,
This review is from: Get to Work: A Manifesto for Women of the World (Hardcover)
Linda Hirshman has a definite opinion -- that women should not waste their educations raising kids. I happen to think that spending time raising the next generation is worthy of an educated person's time. However, she makes some excellent points about how unequal the workplace still is, and why this is a problem. She also has a concrete solution: fix the tax code that unfairly penalizes a married woman's income. This is a valid point and it is refreshing to hear someone focus on something concrete that could change in our current system. However, I believe that our current system of only allowing full-time employees access to affordable health insurance is a greater problem. My husband and I seriously considered splitting the child care and the income-producing work. The fact that one of us had to maintain full-time status for health insurance meant that one of us would focus on child care, thus the division of labor.
A negative in the book is that she fails to account for how children will be raised if everyone is working full time at more exciting and lucrative jobs. And the title may put some people off from the start, particularly those who collapse into bed every night after a day of taking care of children. We wouldn't tell a nanny or a day care provider to "get to work" but somehow people don't mind saying this to at-home mothers who work at least as hard (since they are usually also cooks, financial managers, house cleaners, etc.). However, the book is concise and to the point, and she is not trying to hide the fact that she is making a value judgment.