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We Are Our Mothers' Daughters: Revised and Expanded Edition

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  686 Ratings  ·  108 Reviews
In this revised and expanded tenth-anniversary edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller, renowned political commentator Cokie Roberts once again examines the nature of women's roles through the revealing lens of her personal experience. From mother to mechanic, sister to soldier, Roberts reveals how much progress has been made—and how much further we have to go. A super ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Harper Perennial (first published 1998)
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Feb 23, 2009 *Christie* rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I loved the parts about women in politics (especially parts about our founding Mothers) and the sections about the bond that we as women share. HOWEVER, as "non-partisan" as she tried to be, Cokie Roberts (obvious liberal) tells the Great Lie. The Great Lie is that women can do everything, all at once and be fabulous at everything they do. Being an anchor woman, a perfect mother, a politician, a housekeeper etc. while looking perfect and being on the PTA of course. IT ISN'T TRUE GIRLS!!! Books l ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book... I have a great deal of respect for Cokie Roberts. There were some interesting facts in there, but unfortunately I found the personal stories, how she so clearly wanted to invite all of us to live the life she had... "see, you can do it, too!"... condescending and off-putting. There was a moment -- in which she was cheerfully explaining that a woman sometimes needs to arrange her fresh flowers in the home at 3am because that's the only available time -- that I ...more
Kate Runy
Nov 19, 2012 Kate Runy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I loved about this collections of essays about the role of women is the acknowledgement of the struggles of previous generations and how women dealt with those difficulties. There are a multitude of female role models in this book, ones that I was familiar with and ones I wasn't. Reading their accomplishments made me feel that I should do more to learn about the legacies of my foremothers. Also, this helped me to recognize that the fight for equal recognition is far from over. Men who keep ...more
Roberts writes about the advances of women in the political and cultural milieu of our time and how these advances came as our generation (and each generation) stood on the shoulders of our mothers who struggled and sacrificed to earn respect. She writes from a very personal perspective - about her mother, her sister, her friends in the world of journalism, and about her own experiences and those of her daughter and nieces.

Roberts' journalistic attempt to be, dare I say, "fair and balanced" lea
Mar 21, 2015 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, a collection of stories about real women, was a gift from my daughter. As a mother who always worked because I had to but who also loved working, I identified with so many of the issues in the book. Staying home with children is now a choice unlike when the feminists declared that all women should work. I enjoyed reading about women throughout history who made their mark even without receiving credit for what they did.

My favorite quote is toward the very end of the book. From her bo
Veronica Schultz
This isn't the type of book I usually read, but I won tickets to hear the author speak so I figured I should read some of her books. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Her writing style is very much like hearing her speak in person, and she seems like the type of person you could disagree with on everything, but still enjoy her company. I gave the book 3 stars, but it was definitely close to 4. There were a few moments with a little more snark than necessary (because really, none is neces ...more
Jan 12, 2010 Catie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cokie Roberts' lifetime interest has been the advancement of girls and women. This short biography spotlights womens' struggles for equity in jobs and in pay, academe, sports, politics and more. Along with the broader story- a history of American women - is her personal story, a journey that women of our generation might well find resonates with their own lives.
Jan 20, 2008 Cici rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. There were so many interesting insights to our mother's generation and intellectual development.
I found some of the histories Roberts explored to be fascinating. Unfortunately much of it was overshadowed by discomfort found in other places: much of what she wrote of was alienating (for example, talking about how she could overcome breast cancer because she had one of the best physicians in the country); and perhaps a focus on collective actions that lead to the social changes she attributed to individuals would have been more accurate. Though the latter are valid and fascinating, I'm not s ...more
Margaret Carmel
Jan 02, 2014 Margaret Carmel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a must read not just for women, but for everyone. The way that Cokie Roberts intermixes tales of women pioneers, hard working women today, and stories from her own life is a very engaging way of discussing the identity of the modern woman. When I was younger, I believed that because I would like to work that means that I can absolutely not have a family. Reading this book has shown me that it's certainly possible and not shameful to do both. The core theme of this book is that in a ...more
Dec 09, 2014 Kerry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was about Cokie Robert's relationship with her mother but instead it is about a variety of issues and how they affect women. She goes way too into the back story of each chapter and provides too much information without connecting it all purposely together. I ended up skimming the chapters as I went along because it was so boring.
Peggy Bird
This was my book club's choice for this month after two of the group's members had seen Roberts speak. There was much to enjoy about it. The book details, in separate chapters, the roles women have historically played in fields from medicine and politics to the military and as aunts. Roberts has definitely done her research. The biggest drawback to the book, for me, is that it is uneven. Some chapters are engaging and full of both information and Roberts' personality, some seem to be a dry recit ...more
Cheryl Neer
Jan 20, 2016 Cheryl Neer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I listened to this book read by the author. Cokie Roberts has an interesting voice long heard on news radio and TV. It was a gentle history lesson celebrating women in their various roles and the growth of feminism is the United States. I appreciated the strong family and community emphasis.
Sandy D.
A fun read, but not really engrossing or moving, except for a few parts where she talks about her sister who died of cancer.

I did like the arrangement, though - she alternates chapters like "Sister" with "Mechanic, First Class" and "Wife" with "Enterpriser", going back and forth between her life story (and her extended family's), and people she got to know (sometimes subjects of her stories) in the course of her career. Interesting people, fascinating history, presented in an easy to swallow man
Feb 18, 2012 Vilo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to get this book in print so I can remember some of the "first woman to" references in many of these essays. The essays by journalist Cokie Roberts cover many topics of interest to women, especially the history of women's accomplishments but also stories of how family and friends support each other, how central those roles of mothers and daughters are no matter what else we are passionate about. Having seen women politicians I'm not sure that women will always be anti-war, family friendly ...more
Libbie Counselman
Nov 15, 2014 Libbie Counselman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cokie reads this herself for the audio version. It was very good for women's rights, and particularly interesting around the death of her sister, Barbara, since Barbara was a former Mayor of Princeton. A bit dense, but worthwhile, nonetheless.
Muriel Fang
Not the book's fault, my own fault -- I picked up the book with wrong expectations. I thought it is related to parenting... Of course we could still see parenting wisdom here and there, but it is different from what I expect!
Aug 14, 2015 Afshan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting to see the plight of women and the advancements (and lack thereof) made over the past few decades. It was lovely to hear a personal account of the feminist journey.
Jun 07, 2015 Pat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a re-read because I thought my mom was going to read it. Am inspired to read more about female contributions during the American Revolution.
Nov 30, 2015 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cool collection of women throughout the 19th and 20th centuries told as stories of women in the roles of sister, politician, consumer advocate, aunt, soldier, mechanic, friend, reporter, civil rights activist, wife, athlete, scientist, mother/daughter, and enterpriser
Kari Twitchell
An interesting auto-biography and biography of other women.
Maureen Vincent
Mar 30, 2014 Maureen Vincent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this wise sincere strong practical lady!
A new edition--filled with stories of marvelous women who have accomplished so much. I learned some history of the advancement of women's rights that I hadn't realized before. These kinds of books often provoke two reactions in me---1. Why didn't I accomplish anything noteworthy? and 2. I feel a bit condescended to because I am a stay at home Mom--career women I have known tend to make me feel like that. I wish women had the right in this modern society to make that choice.

Still she's a fun writ
partial reading
Kathleen Meacham
Jan 10, 2015 Kathleen Meacham rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Liz VanDerwerken
I loved this book, which appropriately enough, my mom gave me. Roberts recounts many compelling stories and vignettes of women who forged new paths and created legacies in all areas of society in America from politics and business to education and labor reform. She writes about being mothers and daughters, and ultimately nurturers and how all of these aforementioned areas are places where women belong. There is so much history packed into this one book and I found it fascinating and so very rele ...more
She's trying to answer the question of "a woman's place" by looking at her own experiences and those throughout history. Some of the examples I read in her "Founding Mothers" book. There's a really beautiful chapter about her relationship with her sis and her eventual death due to cancer. I enjoyed reading her memories of her family growing up and her reflections on raising her kids. It helps me to hear what was important to different people, how we are similar, how we are different.
Jul 25, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intresting after reading the reviews, i think depending on age and how you grew up determines how you feel about this book. My first interview for a teaching job I was asked if I planned on getting pregnant soon. My husband and I could not teach in the same town even tho he was high school and I was elementary. I loved her insights into life. Was amazed on dates we were allowed to enter certain places. I had to think did I have women profs in college...
May 02, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's astonishing to learn how recently most of the changes for women have taken place, like owning our own property along with the chances for all types of careers. Even at my age, I didn't realize that just about everything we now take for granted became law in the past 60-70 years. A lot more needs to be done, of course. Cokie Roberts details many different occupations through her interviews with women who lived through and helped facilitate the changes.
Jul 17, 2010 Arlene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The power of women throughout history is portrayed through essays about individual women who made a difference like Esther Peterson, consumer advocate, and Eva Oliver, first-class mechanic, as well as the women, past and present, in Cokie's family who affirmed "the bond of female solidarity" (from Jacket). This book is another must-read for young women embarking on their journeys into careers, marriages, motherhood, and this 21st century society.
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