The examination of the socioeconomic condition of American women draws on extensive research to demonstrate that in spite of the feminist movement, American women still lag far behind their European counterparts in earnings relative to men and in security
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Hewlett, who has a doctorate in economics, has written an unsupported attack on the women's movement. Her initial observation is validwomen in America lack adequate assistance from government and industry to meet responsibilities both at home and at work. But she goes on, illogically, to blame the women's movement, misrepresenting feminist positions on daycare and parental leave. She also distorts the experience of the 1950s, ignoring the rising number of women workers, erroneously implying a decline. This incomplete and biased treatment reveals that Hewlett misunderstands both the women's movement and the conservatism of American society. (She is British.) Not recommended, despite publisher's plans for extensive advertising. Cynthia Harrison, American Historical Assn., Washington, D.C.
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British economist Hewlett argues that American feminists have empha sized equal rights and sexual freedom at the expense of social benefits, not ing that American women today enjoy less economic security than their mothers and European sisters. "Chal lenging, amply researched and an gry," PW noted.
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Book Description Warner Books, 1987. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0446385115