The New Feminist Agenda by Madeleine M. Kunin
Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family

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Feminists opened up thousands of doors in the 1960s and 1970s, but decades later, are U.S. women where they thought they'd be? The answer, it turns out, is a resounding no. Surely there have been gains. Women now comprise nearly 60 percent of college undergraduates and half of all medical and law students. They have entered the workforce in record numbers, making the two-wage-earner family the norm. But combining a career and family turned out to be more complicated than expected. While women changed, social structures surrounding work and family remained static. Affordable and high-quality child care, paid family leave, and equal pay for equal work remain elusive for the vast majority of working women. In fact, the nation has fallen far behind other parts of the world on the gender-equity front. We lag behind more than seventy countries when it comes to the percentage of women holding elected federal offices. Only 17 percent of corporate boards include women members. And just 5 percent of Fortune 500 companies are led by women.



It's time, says Madeleine M. Kunin, to change all that. Looking back over five decades of advocacy, she analyzes where progress stalled, looks at the successes of other countries, and charts the course for the next feminist revolution--one that mobilizes women, and men, to call for the kind of government and workplace policies that can improve the lives of women and strengthen their families.

 

About Madeleine M. Kunin

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Madeleine M. Kunin was the first woman governor of Vermont, and served as the Deputy Secretary of education and Ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton. She is the author of Living a Political Life (1995) Pearls, Politics, and Power (2008)and The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family (2012). She is currently a Marsh Scholar Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont where she lectures on history and women's studies. She also serves as president of the board of the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), a nongovernmental organization that she founded in 1991. She lives in Burlington, Vermont.
 
Published April 23, 2012 by Chelsea Green Publishing. 304 pages
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The former governor of Vermont takes the women’s movement to task for failing to push for crucial changes in family-oriented policies.

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It isn’t, I think, just a matter of what the French like to call our knee-jerk “puritanism,” in this case a reluctance, perhaps, to embrace an argument that bashes breast-feeding on the grounds that a nursing mother “is not necessarily an object of desire for the father watching her,” and by exte...

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This fiery septuagenarian ("I'm still angry," she tells her friends at lunch) maintains that equity and justice for families and children, particularly those living in poverty, will keep America competitive and advance the struggle for parity between the sexes, and urges feminists to unite across...

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“. . . offers the makings of a roadmap for a journey we will all be better off for taking.”

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(The U.S. is 17th in reading.) In Newsweek's list of the 100 best countries, the U.S. ranks number 11.

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Her line of inquiry not only details the policies of these other countries but also asks, “Would this work in the US?” In studying the states that have successfully passed family leave policies (California, Washington, and New Jersey), Kunin details the lessons learned from those situations so ...

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