Divided Lives by Elsa Walsh
The Public and Private Struggles of Three American Women

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Convinced that an important voice is missing in all the academic and feminist writings on women's issues - the voice of women themselves - journalist Elsa Walsh has spent several years talking to women about their lives. She has listened as women have confided in her about their inner struggles as they attempt to build careers and families - their frustrations, resentments and regrets that are too often left unspoken. In portraits of candour and intimacy, this book probes the lives of three accomplished women - television journalist Meredith Viera, conductor and First Lady of West Virginia Rachael Worby, and breast surgeon Dr Alison Estabrook - to find out if they've been able to resolve the conflicting emotions that tug and pull at them and achieve that elusive balance so many women seek. From the in-depth stories of these three, who have all the advantages, who not only are freed from many of life's financial and practical worries but are also graced with talent and intellect, this work offers a moving, often disturbing portrait of the conflicts in women's lives.
 

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Published August 7, 1995 by Simon & Schuster. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Three women at moments of crisis in their lives, captured in empathetic and revealing portraits.

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Journalist Walsh presents in-depth profiles of the conflicts and compromises in the lives of three highly successful women.

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Entertainment Weekly

Although each of their stories is particular to its subject, the three share certain universal themes and, taken together, convincingly paint a complete picture of an essential women's issue.

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Aware that even the most conspicuously successful women find life at the top of their professions troubled and unsatisfactory, Elsa Walsh persuaded three remarkable and distinctly different people to make her their confidant for two stressful years.

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