Midlife Crisis at 30 by Lia Macko
How the Stakes Have Changed for a New Generation-And What to Do about It

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Former vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro was a stay-at-home mother. Founder and CEO of Oxygen Media Geraldine Laybourne was working at a public interest think tank for teachers. Political strategist Mary Matalin was a first-year law student—and about to drop out. And months prior to her thirtieth birthday, financial strategist and best-selling author Suze Orman was working as a waitress, making $400 a month.

Decades later, these Boomer women and many others have reached the pinnacles of their professions. So why do Gen-X/Y women feel such pressure to have the perfect career, body, husband, and kids by the time they are at or around 30? Why has 30 become such a make-or-break moment?

As the generation that came of age after the most visible glass ceilings had been broken, Gen-X/Y women were raised to believe in futures without limitations. Yet, as journalists Lia Macko and Kerry Rubin reveal in their fascinating investigation, many women have distorted the well-intentioned empowerment messages of their youth and are quietly blaming themselves when they fail to overcome the very real obstacles that still exist in our society. Though many Gen-X/Y women are hitting the same roadblocks at the same time, instead of questioning what's wrong with the system—as Boomer women did in their twenties—they're questioning their own "choices."

Searching for solutions, Macko and Rubin have enlisted the aid of the New Girls' Club, a group of successful, satisfied women who've lived through their own crossroads moments, earned their battle scars, and now share their stories and strategies. While today's young women may indeed be a generation in the middle of a Midlife Crisis at 30, they now have a dream team of mentors to help guide them through it.

About Lia Macko

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Lia Macko has an executive and senior news management background. She co-executive produced a Newsweek/MSNBC Town Hall Meeting on race relations in America, hosted by NBC's Brian Williams, and has served as a senior editorial producer for MSNBC specials hosted by Tom Brokaw, including Silicon Summits I and II and A Gun Summit, featuring President Clinton. Macko helped launch other MSNBC programs and served as a senior producer for CNN's American Morning with Paula Zahn as well as for Court TV's prime-time news broadcast. Macko graduated magna cum laude from American University and obtained a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1996. She has contributed to the National Law Journal and other national legal trade publications and provided a law and technology column to MSNBC.com, titled "Tech Ethics." Macko appeared on the cover of the September 2000 issue of Working Woman magazine profiling "20 under 30: The Ones to Watch." She lives in New York City.Kerry Rubin worked her way up the ranks at CNN from a teleprompter operator to a producer of news magazine stories, special projects, and lead interviews featuring the network's top talent. She has worked on the development and launch of new programs and has covered stories ranging from international terrorism and presidential elections to design and film. She is currently a segment producer on CNN's American Morning. Rubin graduated with honors from the University of Rochester in 1993. She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, with her husband, Adam.
Published June 27, 2012 by Rodale. 304 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Help, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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