Not Guilty by Betty Holcomb
The Good News About Working Mothers

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Can women have rewarding careers and still be good mothers? Do children benefit from Mom's career? Does Dad? In this provocative new book, a distinguished journalist and editor at Working Mother magazine answers with a resounding Yes! -- and tells you why.

Women's current level of fatigue, stress, and guilt is not, as popular media reports would have it, the natural outgrowth of juggling a job and family. Nor do children necessarily suffer when both parents work.

Women are subject to stress, lower pay, and sub-standard child care bacause of stereotypes, hostile workplaces, and policies that have yet to catch up with real life. Worse, women face a growing societal pressure toward becoming full-time mothers and unfounded fears about child care.

This book offers a fresh and thoughtful analysis of the real costs and benefits of women working outside the home. Holcomb takes a hard look at decades of research on these working mothers and the forces conspiring to convince women that they still belong in the nursery. Along the way, she punctures the popular myths that fuel women's doubts about having careers away from the home.

Reassuringly, Holcomb argues that with the right kind of support, the revolution of the working mother holds promise for women, men, and their children to lead richer and more satisfying lives.


About Betty Holcomb

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Published July 2, 1998 by Scribner. 384 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Holcomb takes the media to task for misinterpreting—or not bothering to interpret’studies of women’s conflict about workplace pressures (women were not leaving work and returning home in droves, as one series of reports had it) and of the consequences of day care (it’s not child care per se that ...

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About the only good news that Holcomb, a consulting editor at Working Mother magazine, has to offer here is that children are not harmed when their mothers work outside the home, according to her extensive research.

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