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Miriam Peskowitz
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Truth Behind the Mommy Wars

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  41 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The media, from Dr. Phil to the New York Times Magazine, is adamant that there is no love lost between working parents and those who stay home with their children, each fighting an ideological and economic war based on what they think is best for their children. Yet in reality, as Miriam Peskowitz powerfully discloses, parents don't want to fight one another at all; they s
Paperback, 243 pages
Published April 28th 2005 by Pgw (first published 2005)
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Apr 08, 2007 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who tries or will try to balance work with kids
Shelves: parenting
This book took a while to get into, because the chapters themselves are not very well organized. However, the content was worth slugging through the first couple of chapters - I was amazed at what I learned. I knew that there was a larger problem with mothers in the workforce, and that my career was not family friendly, but I did not realize how widespread the problems are. The premise is that the workplace is set up for an ideal worker who has no family commitments (or other commitments) outsid ...more
Susan Bazzett-griffith
This book was not as interesting as it could/should have been. The author tends to repeat her thesis ad nauseum and the organization of the chapters feels unnatural. I also found the title misleading, as the bulk of the book focuses on the lack of good/fair options for mothers who want to continue their careers in part-time or other more friendly -family capacities. I agree that there should be more professional flexibility as part of a cultural change in our country; however, the values of Amer ...more
Lacey Louwagie
I read this just before I read The Feminine Mystique, and it serves as an apt companion. Whereas Betty Friedan urges women to move beyond their roles as wives and mothers and pursue careers or other ambitions, Miriam Peskowitz examines what happens when they do. Forty years after Fridan's groundbreaking work, the culture is still lagging far enough behind that women who try to balance work and motherhood often end up feeling exhausted and defeated.

One of the most interesting parts of the book
Molly Westerman
(There's a more detailed review at my website, First the Egg.)

This book is a wide-ranging exploration--both personal and journalistic--of a well-defined core idea. Peskowitz looks at the problem often called "the mommy wars," which is generally understood in psychological terms of interpersonal conflict and "identity issues." But throughout the book, she insists: these are fundamentally structural issues at the societal level, not psychological issues at the individual level. I totally agree and
Dec 08, 2010 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a good book. Peskowitz writes about the origin of the "soccer mom" and the history of tension between moms who work outside the home and those who don't. She addresses systemic and cultural problems that limit women's choices and burden us with guilt (no matter what we choose), and advocates new ways to support each other and esteem the role of parenting.
Feb 02, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The only sane book I've read about the complicated, heart-wrenching decisions women make as they become mothers. Really worth a read for any gender, any age, but particularly helpful to those of us making the decision to stay or go in the life to which we've become accustomed.
Mar 01, 2008 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: motherhood
interesting points about the lack of options for mothers/parents that do no want to work full-time. part-time work is not prorated or widely available and often becomes full-time work for part-time pay. and poorer or single parents often do not even have those options.
Oct 17, 2011 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book about how far we still have to go in the feminist movement regarding mothers rights and parenting in general. Will definitely make you angry about the way things are now in the workplace for most parents.
Sandy D.
My review (from 2005!) is here on my blog. Still a good read.
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