The Politics of Parenthood by Mary Frances Berry
Child Care, Women's Rights, and the Myth of the Good Mother

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A distinguished scholar presents a landmark historical perspective on parenthood in America. This trailblazing book suggests that behind the rhetoric of maternal responsibility are issues of power, resources, and control. "Berry's book could be a significant impetus for corporate executives and political leaders, conservatives and liberals, and mothers and fathers to support parental involvement that is gender-free."--The Washington Post Book World.
 

About Mary Frances Berry

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Mary Frances Berry was born in Nashville, Tennessee. She received a bachelor's and master's degree at Howard University, a doctorate in history from the University of Michigan, and a juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Dr. Berry has received many awards for her public service and scholarly activities, among them the NAACP's Roy Wilkins Award and Image Award, the Rosa Parks Award of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Ebony Magazine Black Achievement Award. In addition to having been the chairperson of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission for eleven years, Dr. Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches history of American law. She lives in Washington, D.C.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published March 1, 1994 by Penguin Books. 320 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Particularly deft is Berry's argument that the current view, put forth by Carol Gilligan and others, of women as ``different'' from men--more interested in relationships, for example--buys into the idea that women are therefore more suited to care for children.

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Berry's absorbing study of American child care argues that men must assume an equal share of child rearing if women are to pursue careers.

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Berry, a lawyer, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and a University of Pennsylvania history professor, follows her Why ERA Failed with this absorbing book, a rallying cry for making child care the equal province of both parents.

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(Thank you for sharing that, Mary Frances.) Berry suggests that white men in power and right-wing women like Phyllis Schlafly have a vested interest in portraying men as breadwinners and women as homemakers who do very nicely taking care of their own children.

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