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The Seasons of a Woman's Life

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Firmly grounded in scientific research, this book reveals that women follow a predictable developmental course through adulthood. Work and marriage relationships, personal crisis, emotional states, and behavior can all be related to this grand pattern. But in the case of women, the situation is made far more complicated by gender biases.

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ebook, 456 pages
Published October 5th 2011 by Ballantine Books (first published February 6th 1996)
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I enjoyed this book because the author's research was revelatory in so many ways. This book followed Season's of a Man's Life and is the last great accomplishment of Levinson's life. He spent years on this book and he pulled out threads of truth that can only be seen by looking carefully at people's common experiences. This is a study of women between the ages of 20 (or beginning at marriage) to about age 60 when they enter the "retirement" phase of life. Levinson interviewed 30 women and essent ...more
Nov 10, 2014 Jeanne rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeanne by: My Life Coach
It took me a while to get through this book. It had been recommended to me by a life coach back in 2011. It took me some time to get my hands on a copy. I couldn't get it from the library. It is a textbook of sorts about an investigation of the age-linked patterns of adult development that appear to be present in both men and women. Levinson published The Seasons of a Man's Life in 1978 and discovered parallels with respect to the sexes and the "seasons" that make up our development. Levinson di ...more
Phillip Moffitt
Explores the challenges career women face in breaking down barriers in formerly “male” occupations and in balancing work-life pressures.
Lynn Ellison
Dated, but the framework is interesting.
gerontology, about woman's aging
Read this in Career Counseling class: I found this book to be lacking hope all the round. Although it had an interesting outline of adult development for women, it seemed as though that most of the sample stories picked lacked any sort of hope for women to ever succeed and have a fulfilled life. I would have liked to see more women willing to go after their dreams and able to balance a healthy family life as well--but I guess that's a more modern term and seeing as this was written in the eighti ...more
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