What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us: Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 25, 2009 - Social Science - 208 pages
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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 Happiness is obtainable, Crittenden says, but only if women will free their minds from outdated feminist attitudes.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.

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User Review  - Kaethe - LibraryThing

Another book that blames individual women and feminists collectively for all the problems of modern society, by an author who seems to believe that women who reach 35 unwed will be miserable forever. Read full review

WHAT OUR MOTHERS DIDN'T TELL US: Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Another attempt to solve contemporary women's troubling conflicts about the need to stay home with the kids vs. the option of juggling job, home, and children. Crittenden is the 35-year-old founder of ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Danielle Crittenden has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Ladies' Home Journal, among other publications. She 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.

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