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This review is from: The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women (Hardcover)
This thought-provoking work explains a lot of things about how in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe, women are under more pressure than ever to be perfect mothers AND productive workers. The author is not particularly judgmental, preferring to let the facts speak for themselves. The statistics are dry at times, but necessary to prove the point that this isn't just her opinion, she's really studied her stuff. And it's a French book, so it's NOT U.S. centered, although most of the issues that American women experience are also being experienced by women elsewhere, but it's interesting to have that wider perspective.
This is a feminist book, but it's not of the rabid, aggressive sort. It's more of an inside look into women's lives and what they believe and value. It doesn't really cover EVERYONE; for example, in the section on breastfeeding, it talks about women who love it, women who try it but quit because they don't like it, and women who don't try. It doesn't talk about women like me who didn't like it but kept doing it anyway. But still, it really does cover a lot of different points of view, and it's a thought-provoking read in any case. I recommend this for all women, as well as fathers and policymakers.