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Myra Dinnerstein examines the choices and compromises of a generation of women who came of age after World War II. Her in-depth study traces the experiences of twenty-two middle-class women from childhood to adulthood and their evolution from traditional wives and mothers to career women at midlife. Her richly detailed interviews explore the tensions of combining work, marriage, and family life and remind us of the significance of one's social and personal context with respect to the ability to make satisfying choices. Middle-class women born between 1936 and 1944 have been split between two worlds. As they were growing up, traditional expectations and limited opportunities seemed to make marriage and motherhood inevitable choices. When they reached their thirties, the Women's Movement and expanding opportunities in the workplace presented options for them that had not been available to their mothers. Now it was considered appropriate for women to have ambitions and to act on them--and the women described in this book were among those who did.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Study Participants
  2. pp. xv-xvii
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  1. CHAPTER I: Introduction
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. CHAPTER 2: Growing Up Female: The Possible and the Appropriate
  2. pp. 11-33
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  1. CHAPTER 3: Becoming Adult Women
  2. pp. 35-64
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  1. CHAPTER 4: At Home
  2. pp. 65-83
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  1. CHAPTER 5: From Housewives to Career Women
  2. pp. 85-118
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  1. CHAPTER 6: The Persistence of Domesticity
  2. pp. 119-148
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  1. CHAPTER 7: Between Two Worlds
  2. pp. 149-178
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  1. CHAPTER 8: Conclusion
  2. pp. 179-186
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 187-204
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 205-217
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 219-223
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781439904220
Related ISBN(s)
9780877228844, 9780877228851
MARC Record
OCLC
826463351
Pages
246
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No

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