Einstein's Wife: Work and Marriage in the Lives of Five Great Twentieth-Century Women

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Inspired by her generation's experiences juggling career and home life, journalist Andrea Gabor set out to define the unique stuff of which great women are made and chart the often tangled territory in which love and ambition intersect. Among the women she profiles are Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, architect and urban planner Denise Scott Brown, and Mileva Maric Einstein, the scientist whose marriage to Einstein ended in tragedy.

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The difficulty of reconciling a career with marriage is dramatically illustrated in this study of five pioneering women. Gabor (The Man Who Discovered Quality), formerly a senior editor at U.S. News and World Report and a married mother of two, combines excellent research with lively writing in these portraits of five women married to husbands in the same professional field as their own. In the cases of scientist Mileva Maric (Albert Einstein's first wife) and artist Lee Krasner (painter Jackson Pollock's wife), both women sacrificed time and energy to advance their husbands' careers and provide harmonious domestic atmospheres (despite, in Krasner's case, a frequently drunken and abusive partner). Although the husbands of architect Denise Scott Brown and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Maria Goeppert Mayer encouraged their wives to pursue their careers, the women were hampered by the sexism rampant in their professions. In a closing interview, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor describes how she balanced the traditional woman's role with a successful judiciary career.
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Gabor provides profiles of five women who have helped the reputations of their spouses as well as achieving their own personal and professional goals. The five biographies focus on women who have achieved that balance between family and career which is so difficult to reach: each carries messages which women and men can apply to their own lifestyles. -- Midwest Book Review

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