What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us by Danielle Crittenden
Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman

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Talk to women under forty today, and you will hear that in spite of the fact that they have achieved goals previous generations of women could only dream of, they nonetheless feel more confused and insecure than ever. What has gone wrong? What can be done to set it right?

These are the questions Danielle Crittenden answers in What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us. She examines the foremost issues in women's lives -- sex, marriage, motherhood, work, aging, and politics -- and argues that a generation of women has been misled: taught to blame men and pursue independence at all costs. Happiness is obtainable, Crittenden says, but only if women will free their minds from outdated feminist attitudes.

By drawing on her own experience and a decade of research and analysis of modern female life, Crittenden passionately and engagingly tackles the myths that keep women from realizing the happiness they deserve. And she introduces a new way of thinking about society's problems that may, at long last, help women achieve the lives they desire.

About Danielle Crittenden

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Danielle Crittende has written for "The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, " and "The Ladies' Home Journal, " among other publications, and is the founder of "The Women's Quarterly, " published by the Independent Women's Forum. She has appeared on NBC's "Today" show and is a frequent commentator on many national television and radio programs. She lives with her husband and two children in Washington, D.C.
Published August 20, 2009 by Simon & Schuster. 218 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Because women want to, argues the author, citing the results of various polls, as well as anecdotal material describing the “guilty tension that is felt by every working mother.” Crittenden also (mistakenly) blames feminists for elevating the value of work outside the home over work inside it.

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The founding editor of the conservative Women's Quarterly takes a long hard look at the feminist glass and decides that it is definitely half empty.

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