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Essential reading for
mothers who think about social change:

Beggars and Choosers:
How the Politics of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, and Welfare
in the United States

Rickie Solinger, 2001. Solinger argues that the rhetoric of “reproductive choice”— as opposed to recognition of women’s reproductive rights— positions women as “consumers” of fertility and divides mothers along races and class lines into “legitimate” or “illegitimate” choice-makers in a marketplace where babies are the principal commodity. Solinger argues that the concept “choice” underlies the idea that motherhood should be a class privilege in the United States— “a privilege appropriate only for women who can afford it.”

MMO review
MMO interview with Rickie Solinger

Care and Equality:
Inventing a New Family Politics

Mona Harrington, 2000. Harrington uses examples of political process and public policy from the Clinton administration as a framework to examine how and why care and caregiving should be placed at the forefront of American political culture.

The Career Mystique:
Cracks in the American Dream

Phyllis Moen and Patricia Roehling, 2005
. The authors argue that the inflexible clockwork of American careers -- which tranforms the cultural ideal of working hard to get ahead into a "lockstep" progression from education to continuous full-time employment until retirement -- is chronically out of synch with the larger social and economic realities of twenty-first century life.
Excerpt: "The Feminine Mystique"
MMO review

Dispatches From a Not-So-Perfect Life,
or How I Learned to Love the House, the Man, the Child

Faulkner Fox, 2003. A highly personal and offbeat account from a writer who approaches her journey into and through motherhood with a determination to preserve a satisfactory sense of self.
MMO review

MMO interview with Faulkner Fox

Economics for Humans
Julie A. Nelson, 2006. Nelson argues that conventional metaphors of the economy as a machine result in economic theories that can be expressed in mathematical models but don't reflect how economies actually work and blind us to the real-world qualities that make humans work and care and make organizations run.

Flat Broke With Children:
Women in the Age of Welfare Reform

Sharon Hays, 2004. The author conducted a three-year study of welfare reform and its impact on the women most likely to be affected by it: caseworkers and welfare recipients. She reveals that welfare reform is not an innovative and effective anti-poverty measure but a “social experiment to legislate the work ethic and family values.” What makes Flat Broke With Children exceptional is Hays’ ability to bring to life the voices and experiences of welfare mothers, a population of women who are socially invisible.

MMO review

Fruitful: A Real Mother in the Modern World
Ann Roiphe, 1999. Roiphe writes in a highly personal and evocative style about her experience of being a mother, wife, and feminist.

Getting Even:
Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men -- and What to Do About It

Evelyn Murphy with E.J. Graff, 2005. The wage gender wage gap has a profound effect on women's personal lives and the wellbeing of their children. The authors show readers how to add up the personal and social costs of wage discrimination and give ideas for how it can be eliminated.
MMO review

The Girls Who Went Away:
The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade

Ann Fessler, 2006. Starting in the 1940s and lasting well into the 1970s, high school classes across America had girls who went away. It was a gulag that didn't pile up bodies but did leave behind thousands of profoundly wounded women who are still among us. And yet, until now, the phenomenon has gone unmentioned in public dialogue.
MMO r eview by Carolyn McConnell

Huck's Raft:
A History of American Childhood

Steven Mintz, 2005
. In a lively cross-cultural survey spanning the Colonial Period to the Columbine High School shootings, historian Steven Mintz reveals that for most of the nation's history, the emotional and economic dependency of American children was rarely cultivated -- and in the not-so-distant past, the kind of child-centric family life so sought after by today's middle-class was looked upon as unhealthy and utterly bizarre.
MMO review

The Invisible Heart:
Economics and Family Values

by Nancy Folbre, 2001. Economist Folbre describes the importance of family care in economic terms and envisions a social system that places equal value on the production of material wealth and caregiving. The author presents her concepts in a very reader-friendly style, with many examples drawn from Folbre’s own experience with caregiving and family.

The Mask of Motherhood: How Becoming a Mother
Changes Our Lives and Why We Never Talk about It

Susan Maushart, 2000. Maushart investigates the personal, psychological and practical conflicts women typically experience when they enter the realm of motherhood, and she examines cultural conditions that contribute to maternal stress.

Maternal Desire:
On Children, Love, and the Inner Life

Daphne de Marneffe, 2004. De Marneffe’s purpose is to uncover the rarer stuff of maternal experience— a landslide of complex and often conflicting feelings that bears little resemblance to the popular ideal of motherly love. By attempting to explain how motherhood transforms a woman’s understanding of herself and her relationship to the world from the standpoint of psychology rather than ideology, de Marneffe creates a deeply intelligent and thought-provoking work on how the practice and process of mothering children can bring us closer to an authentic sense of self.
MMO review
MMO interview with
Daphne de Marneffe

The Mommy Myth:
The Idealization of Motherhood and How It Undermines Women

Susan Douglas and Meredith Michaels, 2004. Douglas and Michaels use examples of media portrayals of motherhood as the springboard for a lively discussion of the ascendancy of an intensely idealized version of motherhood they dub “the new momism.” The Mommy Myth also links the rise of the new momism to the steady rightward drift of U.S. politics and explores the range of social problems that follow
in its wake.
MMO review

The Motherhood Manifesto:
What America's Moms Want and What To Do About It

Joan Blades and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, 2006. Blades and Rowe-Finkbeiner have compiled a compelling and comprehensive indictment of the way American culture treats mothers (and though everything they say is applicable to fathers too, they rightly point out that women are the ones who suffer from wage bias by becoming parents, and women make up the overwhelming majority of single parents).
MMO review by Tracy Thompson

Mother Shock:
Loving Every (Other) Minute of It

Andrea Buchanan, 2003. Mother Shock compares the plunge into motherhood to the experience of culture shock; all the familiar landmarks of a woman’s life are replaced by unknown territory and a new set of rules about how she is supposed to think, feel and act. Buchanan suggests that greater authenticity about the experience of motherhood is in order -- both to change social attitudes about mothers and mothering and to prepare first-time mothers for the disorientation and self-doubt they are likely to feel.
MMO review

Opting Out?
Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home

Pamela Stone, 2007. Stone studied a group of high-achieving professional women who left the workforce after they became mothers and found that workplace inflexibility was the major cause of women "opting out" of leadership track careers.
MMO review by Deborah Seigel

A Potent Spell: Mother Love and the Power of Fear
Janna Malamud Smith, 2003. Smith demonstrates a strong link between cultural ideologies that limit women’s social and political power and the manipulation of mothers’ fear of child loss. The author, a psychologist, accurately and eloquently describes the constant, invisible burden of mental work associated with contemporary motherhood.
MMO review
MMO interview with Janna Malamud Smith

The Price of Motherhood:
Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued

by Ann Crittenden, 2001. Economics journalist Crittenden details how prevailing practices and existing policies undermine the economic well-being of mothers, and proposes progressive solutions.
MMO review by Serene Williams
MMO interview with Ann Crittenden

Promises I Can Keep:
Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage

Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas, 2005. Edin and Kefalas studied unmarried mothers in low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia, PA to understand more about their orientation to marriage and childbearing. The young women they interviewed saw early childbearing as an important step toward cultural inclusion in their home communities and a critical marker of maturity and personal responsibility.

Rise Up Singing:
Black Women Writers On Motherhood

Cecelie S. Berry, editor, 2004. With its rich stories and superb writing, Rise Up Singing proves to have the weight and breadth of a true classic anthology that deserves recognition notably for its pioneering role in addressing the need for black women to write about motherhood but primarily for its unapologetic candidness.
MMO review by Jennifer James
MMO interview with Cecelie Berry

The Time Divide:
Work, Family and Gender Inequality

Jerry A. Jacobs and Kathleen Gerson, 2004
. The author's study of changing trends in working hours in the U.S. led them to propose that some of the most pressing social dilemmas in the U.S. can be framed as a series of overlapping time divides, each of which can be isolated but is ultimately compounded by the others.
MMO review

Toward A New Psychology of Women
Jean Baker Miller, PhD, 1986 (second edition). This classic of women’s psychology addresses the social and cultural influences on women’s experience of identity conflict in their paid work and caregiving roles.

The Truth Behind the Mommy Wars:
Who Decides What Makes a Good Mother?

Miriam Peskowitz, 2005. With great compassion and clarity, Peskowitz analyzes cultural, structural and economic factors that interfere with integrating paid work and family life for both mothers and fathers, the role of the media in fueling social tensions about women, work and family, and why it's time for a "playground revolution."
MMO interview with Miriam Peskowitz

Unbending Gender:
Why Families and Work Conflict and What To Do About It

by Joan Williams, 2000. Williams, a legal scholar, explores how and why typical workplace practices interfere with balancing paid work and family care and how this perpetuates the social and economic inequality of mothers. The author includes an overview of the evolution of cultural attitudes about women, work and caregiving.

Unequal Childhoods:
Class, Race, and Family Life

Annette Lareau, 2003
. The author argues that class is more relevant than race in parenting children. On the basis of her research, Lareau argues that there are two basic parenting strategies, each rooted in class and each having its own cultural logic. Middle-class families practice what she refers to as concerted cultivation, and poor and working-class families utilize a strategy she terms the accomplishment of natural growth.
MMO review
by Margaret Foley

Unfinished Work:
Buidling Equality and Democracy in an Era of Working Families

Edited by Jody Heymann and Christopher Beem, 2005. This collection from the Work, Family and Democracy Project includes chapters by top work-life researchers on social, economic and cultural conditions affecting America's families. One of the best and most comprehensive research anthologies on contemporary family issues and the pressing need for more and better social policy in the U.S.

What Children Need
Jane Waldfogel, 2006. Waldfogel, a Professor of Social Work and Public Affairs at Columbia University, has written a book that will help feminists -- and everyone else -- separate fact from speculation on the issue of what children in different age groups require for healthy growth and development and what society can do about it.
MMO interview with Jane Waldfogel

The Widening Gap: Why America’s Working Families
Are in Jeopardy and What Can Be Done About It

Jody Heymann, MD, Ph.D, 2000. Heymann, the Director of Policy for the Harvard University Center for Society and Health, uses original research to demonstrate how conflicts between paid employment and caregiving affect the well-being of American children and families across the economic spectrum. The author concludes that America’s resistance to adopting broad-based social policies to support working families places the greatest hardship on women and low-income families.

Women & Shame:
Reaching Out, Speaking Truths and Building Connection

Brené Brown, Ph.D., 2004. By conducting interviews with 200 women, Brown and her research team discovered that women’s shame— which she defines as “the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing we are flawed and therefore unworthy of acceptance and belonging”— is the product of an intricate “web” of layered, conflicting and competing social expectations. Brown’s research turned up “motherhood” and “parenting” as key areas where women are predisposed to shame:“Mother-shame seems to be a birth-right for girls and women,” she writes. “On top of the societal expectation that motherhood defines womanhood, there are some very rigid expectations about what the good mother looks like.”
MMO review
MMO interview with Brené Brown
MMO feature: Brené Brown on Shame and Body Image

Magazines & newsletters:

Brain, Child Magazine: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers
www.brainchildmag.com. No aggravating parenting advice or quick recipe tips here! This award-winning quarterly is devoted to exploring the experience of contemporary motherhood from diverse and original perspectives. High quality features include commentary, essays, reviews and fiction.

Mother Warriors Voice
http://www.welfarewarriors.org. Published by the Milwaukee, Wisconsin grassroots organization Welfare Warriors, Mother Warriors Voice covers international activism by and for mothers in marginalized communities. Selected features of current and back issues are available on the organization's web site.

For future mothers:
New Moon: The Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams
www.newmoon.org. For girls age 9 to 14. A high-quality advertisement-free magazine with an all-girl editorial board that includes fiction, poetry, artwork, letters and award winning articles about the lives of women and girls around the globe. There is a strong focus on creativity and healthy body image.

On the web:

Women’s Enews
www.womensenews.org. Women’s Enews is an online news service offering high quality reporting and commentary on current issues from a women’s perspective. Subscription is free, and different options for electronic delivery are available. The web site also offers a complete archive of Women’s Enews articles.

www.mamazine.com. A feminist publication for mamas and people who love them. Mamazine invites readers to critically examine cultural expectations of mamas and resist the unhealthy pressures put on them, while also taking the time to celebrate the real and often poignant joys of raising children.

Literary Mama
www.literarymama.com. Literary Mama is an online literary magazine featuring mother-centric writing with fresh voices, superior craft, and vivid imagery. The site offers fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction “that may be too long, too complex, too ambiguous, too deep, too raw, too irreverent, too ironic, and too body conscious for other publications.” The site also offers literary criticism, book reviews, columns, and profiles about mother writers.

Hip Mama
www.hipmama.com. Motherhood deserves a ‘zine of its own, and Hip Mama offers a youthful, non-mainstream perspective on contemporary motherhood. Even if you don’t need informed advice about whether or not it’s a good idea to get a tattoo on your pregnant belly, the Web site offers interesting content on a range of issues. Articles are archived online, and/or you can subscribe to the Hip Mama print ‘zine. Ariel Gore, author of The Mother Trip, co-edits.

The Mom Salon
www.themomsalon.com. A commercial web site highlighting the best of the mother blogs. Many list and links for citizens of the maternal blogosphere.

The Mothers Who Think Archive at Salon.com
Salon.com Magazine ditched its popular Mothers Who Think section a couple of years ago but the articles are still available in the Salon.com archives. Some of the finest and most relevant writing on motherhood on the web, or anywhere. The MWT Archive: http://archive.salon.com/archives/mwt/

For more online resources, check the MMO Resources section.

Also recommended:

The Baby Business:
How Money, Science, and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception

Debora L. Spar, 2006. Over the past thirty years, advances in reproductive medicine have created a market for babies, a market in which parents choose traits, clinics woo clients, and specialized providers earn millions of dollars a year. Spar delves into the issue of how we're making and obtaining babies at the turn of the twenty-first century. Opting out of the political debate, she relies upon her professional training -- she's an economist -- to examine these highly charged and terrifically complex issues
MMO review by Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser

“Bad” Mothers:
The Politics of Blame in Twentieth Century America

Molly Ladd-Talylor and Lauri Umansky, editors, 1998. A series of monographs reflecting on changing cultural attitudes about what constitutes “bad” mothers and the various social ills that have been attributed to “bad” mothering.

The Bastard on the Couch:
27 Men Try Really Hard to Explain Their Feelings About Love, Loss, Fatherhood and Freedom

Daniel Jones, Editor, 2004. A companion anthology to Cathi Hannauer's The Bitch in the House, this collection includes a number of engaging and revealing personal essays about what men think about when they think about marriage, fidelity, parenting, housework and gender equality.

The Betrayal of Work:
How Low Wage Jobs Fail 30 Million Americans and Their Families

Beth Shulman, 2003. Most low-wage workers, Shulman writes, “lack basic benefits such as health care, sick pay, disability pay, paid vacation, and retirement. Their jobs leave little flexibility to care for a sick child or deal with an emergency at school— let alone the normal appointments and needs of everyday life.” She adds that for many millions of U.S. workers, there are few other viable options for gainful employment outside of poorly paid, no benefits, dead-end jobs. Shulman identifies the problem of the working poor and growing income inequality in the United States as both a labor crisis and a crisis of values.

Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood and Abortion
Edited by Karen E. Bender and Nina de Gramont, 2007. Twenty-four personal essays chart the shared moment that ties these wide-ranging tales together as that one when the pregnancy test stick might turn pink-blue-one-line-two-lines. Whatever the actual particulars, the bottom line is the same: women, as the ones who are responsible for carrying pregnancies however far, share a set of circumstances -- hugely varied due to race, class, age, the times, religion, personal history and myriad other factors -- that mark us uniquely.
MMO review by Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser

The Cultural Contradictions of Motherhood
Sharon Hays, 1996. Hays, a sociologist, examines contemporary standards of intensive parenting and how they impact the lives and attitudes of mothers. The author’s blunt objectivity about the economic inefficiency of contemporary child-rearing practices may be unnerving for anyone who lives motherhood, but her articulation of cultural expectations that influence mothers’ experience of work and family is highly informative.

The F-Word:
Feminism in Jeopardy – Women, Politics and the Future

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, 2004. Rowe-Finkbeiner conducted a survey of college-educated women between the ages of 18 and 34 to get a reading on which social issues matter most to them and where the ideals of feminism fit into their personal lives and political outlook. While the individuals who responded to Rowe-Finkbeiner survey were overwhelmingly concerned about issues that fall within the feminist agenda, she discovered that many young women don’t want to be “labeled” as feminists, are fed up with two-party politics, and feel that participating in the political process through voting or direct action is a big waste of time.
MMO review
MMO interview with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

The Feminine Mystique
Betty Friedan, 1963. Sections of Friedan’s classic work on gender and equality remain vividly relevant to the experience of women and mothers in a half-changed world. The remainder provides an important historical perspective on the emergence of Second Wave feminism.

For Her Own Good:
150 Years of the Expert’s Advice to Women

Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English, 1978. An interesting overview of the rise of the male medical professionals as the “experts” on women’s health and childbirth and the often disastrous consequences.

Life After Birth:
What Even Your Friends Won’t Tell You About Motherhood

Kate Figes with Jean Zimmerman, 1998. This book addresses every aspect of a woman’s life that changes with the birth of a child (in a word: everything). Figes uses interviews with new mothers, statistical data, extensive historical accounts, and personal experiences to honestly describe the upheaval women experience when they become mothers.
MMO review by MaryKate Newcomb

A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother
Rachel Cusk, 2001. An intimate and introspective work on the transition into motherhood and the points of conflict between maternal love and duty and the need for a clear boundary between self and other. As a writer, Cusk samples from her favorite literature to make sense of her experience. A Life’s Work is written in a highly intellectual style that is still lovely and evocative without being overly sentimental.

Love Works Like This:
Moving from One Kind of Life to Another

by Lauren Slater, 2002. This elegant, intelligent pregnancy journal offers a strikingly honest portrait of one woman’s ambivalence at the approach of motherhood. Slater copes with mental illness, mood-altering medication, and the upheaval of her marriage and identity as she struggles to find meaning in motherhood while honoring her personal ambitions and limitations. By the author of The Prozac Diaries.

Truth, Lies and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood

Naomi Wolf, 2001. Based Wolf’s frustrating experience with prenatal care and a difficult childbirth, the author condemns the standards of contemporary obstetrical practice and suggests reforms. While Wolf ties the demeaning treatment women receive during pregnancy and childbirth to the larger social and economic problems that impact mothers, the book is best read as an account of one woman’s journey into motherhood.

Moral Boundaries:
A Political Argument for an Ethic of Care

Joan C. Tronto, 1994. Tronto’s work on developing the foundation for a national ethic of care is fairly academic, but her concepts are illuminating for anyone who wants to gain greater understanding about the influence of Western philosophy on cultural perceptions of care and caregiving in our society. The author’s definition of care and her explanation of the process of caregiving are particularly informative.

Mother Reader:
Essential Writings on Motherhood

Moyra Davey, editor, 2001. Mother Reader is an artfully-edited anthology of writing by mothers and non-mothers about the potential of motherhood to transform the creative process. While the collection includes a selection of classic works on motherhood from the 1940s on, Mother Reader also offers pieces from off the beaten path, including work and commentary from mothers who are visual artists.
Reviewed in MMO Short Takes

Motherhood Reconceived:
Feminism and the Legacies of the Sixties

by Lauri Umansky, 1996. A rather academic but interesting study on attitudes about motherhood that influenced the militant and mainstream feminist movements of the mid-20th century.

Mothers and Motherhood:
Readings in American History

Rima D. Apple and Janet Golden, editors, 1997. A collection of monographs on the social construction of motherhood, motherhood and reproduction, social and cultural settings and public policy.

The Mother Knot
Jane Lazarre, 1997 (first edition 1976). Lazarre explores the myth and reality of motherhood through her own experience of becoming a mother and recounts her struggle to create a complete personal identity as a feminist, woman, and writer.
MMO interview with Jane Lazarre

The Myths of Motherhood:
How Culture Reinvents the Good Mother

Shari L. Thurer, 1994. Thurer shows how the ideology of family and mothering has undergone dramatic shifts throughout the history of the Western world.
MMO capsule review in Short Takes

The Naked Truth:
A Working Woman’s Manifesto on Business and What Really Matters

Margaret Heffernan, 2004. Women still find themselves passed over for promotions, offered lower pay, marginalized in the corporate power structure, and struggling to find ways to balance work and family life. Drawing on interviews with more than a hundred businesswomen, Heffernan cites examples of women mommy-tracked without their consent, harassed and alienated in the work place, and condemned for speaking out about the insanity they see.
MMO review by Diane Glazman

Nickel and Dimed:
On (Not) Getting By in America

by Barbara Ehrenriech, 2001. Journalist Ehrenreich reports on her first-hand experience of how difficult it is to make ends meet for full-time workers in
low-wage jobs.

The Paradox of Natural Mothering
Chris Bobel, 2002. Bobel reports findings from her study of the natural mothering movement and discusses tensions between feminist ideals that call for women's full equality and interpretations of feminism that recast intensive motherhood as social activism.

The Politics of Parenthood:
Child Care, Women’s Rights and the Myth of the Good Mother

Mary Frances Berry, 1993. Berry describes the historical, political and cultural context of today's preference for mother-only child care and charts the ideological maneuvering behind the rise and fall of legislation to expand access to high-quality child care and extended parental leave.
MMO capsule review in Short Takes

Same Difference:
How Gender Myths Are Hurting Our Relationships, Our Children and Our Jobs

Rosalind Barnett/Caryl Rivers, 2004. The authors reviewed over 1,500 studies to determine if there is reliable data to support what most people accept as plain common sense: that men and women think differently, speak differently, behave differently, work differently, have different capacities for competition and caring, and want different things from relationships and family life. They found that actual sex differences are small and that “it’s situation, not sex” that determines how men and women behave.
Read the MMO feature, Doing Difference (review of Same Difference)

Rethinking Family:
Some Feminist Questions

Barrie Thorne and Marilyn Yalom, editors, 1992 (revised edition). This anthology offers and outstanding overview of feminism and the changing meaning of family in the U.S. Contributors include Linda Gordon, Nancy Chodorow and Susan Contratto, Sara Ruddick, Patricia Hill Collins, and Judith Stacey. Of particular note are several articles about fatherhood and the feminist ideal of shared parenting, including Thomas Laquer’s “The Facts of Fatherhood” and William J. Goode’s “Why Men Resist”. Rethinking Family is currently out of print, but used copies are available.

Sisterhood, Interrupted:
From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild

Deborah Siegel, 2007. Siegel's primary subject is the generation gap between second and third wave feminists, particularly as it plays out in changing interpretations of the popular slogan, "the personal is political."
mmo review

Taxing Women
by Edward J. McCaffery. Legal scholar McCaffrey identifies a gender bias in the American tax system and details how it impacts women’s lives at all levels of the economic scale.

The Way We Never Were:
American Families and the Nostalgia Trap

by Stephanie Coontz, 2000 (second edition). Coontz, a work-family researcher, dispels cultural myths about the norms of “ideal” family life.

When Work Doesn’t Work Anymore:
Women, Work, and Identity

by Elizabeth Perle McKenna, 1998. McKenna offers interviews and commentary that addresses some of the personal and professional conflicts experienced by women trying to balance a rewarding personal or family life with a successful career.

What Marriage Really Means for Women

By Susan Maushart, 2001. Maushart, the author of The Mask of Motherhood, agues that marriage is typically very life-enhancing for men, but is not nearly so salutary for women, and she explores some of the history and tradition that make equality in marriage so elusive today.

Women, Work and Family:
Balancing and Weaving

Angela Hattery, 2001. Hattery’s study of women’s approaches to combining work and family explores the way mothers respond to, and resist, the dominant ideology of motherhood. Women, Work and Family includes an excellent discussion of how the ideology of motherhood affects the distribution of social power as well as the role it plays in women’s personal lives, and examines the ideological roots of the Mommy Wars.

The Working Poor: Invisible in America
David K. Shipler, 2004. Shipler documents the exhausting struggles of families living at the edge of our nation’s social and economic margins. The Working Poor rigorously challenges the simplistic logic of the “American Myth”— the supposition that “people who work hard and make the right decisions in life can achieve anything they want in America” and its equally problematic counter-logic, the “Anti-American Myth,” which holds that “society is largely responsible for the individual’s poverty.”

The World Split Open:
How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America

by Ruth Rosen, 2000. Rosen documents the social currents and political sentiments that fueled the Second Wave of the women’s movement.

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