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Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood Paperback – August 7, 2012
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"A book that focuses on the positive effects of women's decisions about their working and family lives deserves a rousing welcome... lively, accessible and lucid."―Mommytrackd.com
Elizabeth Gregory has discovered the real truth behind all the false alarms over delayed motherhood: that older mothers tend to be very happy with their decision to have children later in life. A positive, optimistic message for women: you can wait until you are ready to be a good parent."―Ann Crittenden, author of The Price of Motherhood and If You've Raised Kids, You Can Manage Anything
"Gregory ... has a serious point, and she marshals both anecdotal and statistical evidence to make it. Today's 40-year-old first-time mother not only has plenty of company; she also possesses confidence, professional experience and occupational clout that translate into either leverage on the job market or a happier time out of it, whichever choice that mother makes."―Washington Post Book World
"Elizabeth Gregory sheds light on an aspect of the contemporary family experience that has not been examined in great detail until now: the new later motherhood phenomenon. Many of the families Elizabeth Gregory examines are formed the old-fashioned way, but a growing number are the result of adoption and reproductive technologies. Finally, we have a wonderful book that provides us with a thoughtful and thorough examination of motherhood and family life in the 21st century."―Adam Pertman, author of Adoption Nation
"With clarity, compassion, and common sense, Elizabeth Gregory takes us on a captivating tour of the changing landscape of 21st-century motherhood. She offers a forceful and compelling challenge to those who view contemporary motherhood in ferociously negative terms, as an unholy blend of smother love, over-parenting, and unremitting anxiety and guilt. An insightful and extraordinarily informative look at how today's highly accomplished women balance the conflicting demands of prolonged professional training, high-pressure careers, and the yearning to raise children."―Steven Mintz, author of Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood
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Elizabeth Gregory earned her Ph.D. from Yale University, and is Director of the Women's Studies Program and Professor of English at the University of Houston.
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I was also angry when reading the section on fertility. Her researched figures and numbers are extremely positive until you realize that the numbers do not include women who have already been found to be infertile. Therefore, when she recites the statistic that 90% of women between 30 and 35 are fertile that only means 90% of women who are not already known to be infertile.
In Elizabeth Gregory's defense, she does not hide or try to conceal these statistics in anyway. They are not hidden in the back footnotes.
The part of the book I found to be most helpful was the section where Ms. Gregory discusses a later mother's higher salary and more secure position within her job. This section of the book was well researched and her statistics were clear and unambiguous.
Given the chance to go back in time, I would not buy this book simply because I don't feel that it taught me anything that I don't already know or that isn't common knowledge or common sense
I found this book to be a delightful, realistic outlook on the many roles and responsibilities of women in the United States. As a child raised by a single mother, I understand how having an older, educated mother can better enable one's children to be better prepared for the world's obstacles.
What a wonderful read! My friends are buying this book!
As I continue to read all I can on later motherhood, the questions you ask towards the end of your book loom large for me: "How does having a new later mom affect a child's overall abilities or sense of well-being? Or does it make no difference?..." (258). Thank you for the rich contribution of your work to the growing body of work on late motherhood...and for asking these two questions. My sincere hope is that your research and your writing continue.