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The Resource Forget "having it all" : how America messed up motherhood--and how to fix it, by Amy Westervelt

Forget "having it all" : how America messed up motherhood--and how to fix it, by Amy Westervelt

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Forget "having it all" : how America messed up motherhood--and how to fix it
Title
Forget "having it all"
Title remainder
how America messed up motherhood--and how to fix it
Statement of responsibility
by Amy Westervelt
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Examines the history of American ideas about motherhood, how those ideas have impacted all women whether or not they have children, and calls for changes in workplace policies, cultural norms, and personal attitudes about motherhood
  • "After filing a story for a journalism assignment only two hours after giving birth, Amy Westervelt had a revelation: we treat mothers like crap in this country. From inadequate maternity leave to gender-based double standards, emotional labor to the wage gap, and the racist devaluing of some mothers to the overvaluing of others, Westervelt became determined to understand how we got here and how the promise of 'having it all' even became a thing when it was so far from reality. Now, Westervelt traces the roots of our problems to our nation's founding and through the changing roles of men and women since. Some discoveries may be surprising--the expectations placed on mothers have shifted wildly throughout our history (in early colonial days, for example, women were not trusted with much childrearing)--others less so (systemic racism has kept the country from learning important lessons from non-white American mothers). Westervelt draws out what we should replicate from our past (the origin of Mother's Day, for example, was a dedicated day for mothers to organize just as laborers had done) and what to scrap entirely. Ultimately, Westervelt presents a measured, historically backed call for workplace policies, cultural norms, and personal attitudes about motherhood that will radically improve the lives of not just working moms but every American."--Dust jacket
Summary
Examines the history of American ideas about motherhood, how those ideas have impacted all women whether or not they have children and how the inequality can be fixed as a result
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Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10738760
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Westervelt, Amy,
Dewey number
306.874/3
Index
index present
Language note
Text in English
LC call number
HQ759
LC item number
.W535 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Motherhood
  • Working mothers
  • Stay-at-home mothers
  • Work and family
  • Feminism
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
how America messed up motherhood--and how to fix it
Label
Forget "having it all" : how America messed up motherhood--and how to fix it, by Amy Westervelt
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 264-293) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Being a mother shouldn't suck -- Pioneer women -- Birthing a nation -- The Industrial Revolution and the division of labor -- Scientific motherhood and modern reproduction -- From Rosie the Riveter to the 1950s housewife -- Second-wave feminism -- Opting out, leaning in, and falling over -- The fertility-industrial complex -- The patriarchs -- Redefining "it all"
Control code
1028525724
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 309 pages
Isbn
9781580057868
Lccn
2018031136
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Label
Forget "having it all" : how America messed up motherhood--and how to fix it, by Amy Westervelt
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 264-293) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Being a mother shouldn't suck -- Pioneer women -- Birthing a nation -- The Industrial Revolution and the division of labor -- Scientific motherhood and modern reproduction -- From Rosie the Riveter to the 1950s housewife -- Second-wave feminism -- Opting out, leaning in, and falling over -- The fertility-industrial complex -- The patriarchs -- Redefining "it all"
Control code
1028525724
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 309 pages
Isbn
9781580057868
Lccn
2018031136
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n

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