The Feminine Mistake by Leslie Bennetts audiobook

The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much?

By Leslie Bennetts
Read by Leslie Bennetts

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6.50 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9780061438257

Women are constantly being told that it's simply too difficult to balance work and family, so if they don't really "have to" work, it's better for their families if they stay home. Not only is this untrue, Leslie Bennetts says, but the arguments in favor of stay-at-home motherhood fail to consider the surprising benefits of work and the unexpected toll of giving it up. It's time, she says, to get the message across—combining work and family really is the best choice for most women, and it's eminently doable. Bennetts raised two children while earning a living, and understands the challenges and the rewards firsthand. She and millions of other working women provide ample proof that there are many different ways to have kids, maintain a challenging career, and have a richly rewarding life as a result. When women sacrifice their financial autonomy by quitting their jobs, they become vulnerable to divorce as well as the potential illness, death, or unemployment of their breadwinner husbands. The truth is that when women gamble on dependency, most eventually end up on the wrong side of the odds. Not since Betty Friedan has anyone offered such an eye-opening and persuasive argument for why women can—and should—embrace the joyously complex lives they deserve.

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Summary

Summary

Women are constantly being told that it's simply too difficult to balance work and family, so if they don't really "have to" work, it's better for their families if they stay home. Not only is this untrue, Leslie Bennetts says, but the arguments in favor of stay-at-home motherhood fail to consider the surprising benefits of work and the unexpected toll of giving it up. It's time, she says, to get the message across—combining work and family really is the best choice for most women, and it's eminently doable.

Bennetts raised two children while earning a living, and understands the challenges and the rewards firsthand. She and millions of other working women provide ample proof that there are many different ways to have kids, maintain a challenging career, and have a richly rewarding life as a result. When women sacrifice their financial autonomy by quitting their jobs, they become vulnerable to divorce as well as the potential illness, death, or unemployment of their breadwinner husbands. The truth is that when women gamble on dependency, most eventually end up on the wrong side of the odds.

Not since Betty Friedan has anyone offered such an eye-opening and persuasive argument for why women can—and should—embrace the joyously complex lives they deserve.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A provocative examination of the economic pitfalls facing stay-at-home moms…A clarion call…that taking the mommy track is risky business.” People
“Packed with pragmatic, well-researched advice, this manifesto on the power of financial independence is bound to inspire discussion among career women as well as stay-at-home moms.” USA Today
“Should be required reading for all young women contemplating marriage and a family.” Ann Crittenden, author of The Price of Motherhood
“A feminist slogan from the 1970s warned that women were ‘one husband away from welfare.’ Bennetts takes up that placard, pitching her polemic against stay-at-home motherhood not as a skirmish in the culture wars but as an attempt to save women on the brink of ruin.” Washington Post
“As wise an argument as has been proffered in some time…there are too many smart women who choose to be ignorant about the financial structure that supports the family. Until it doesn’t.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“A must-read for every woman.” Louann Brizendine, bestselling author of The Female Brain
“Bennetts…addresses an important contention of the women’s movement: women’s economic dependency on men…Her message certainly demands consideration.” Publishers Weekly on the audiobook
“Allowing women to tell their own stories of economic abandonment, Bennetts presents a cautionary tale for women pondering giving up economic independence.” Booklist
“Passionate and well argued, this program questions the supposed familial rewards of stay-at-home mothering…This audiobook [is] essential listening for women contemplating marriage and a family.” Library Journal on the audiobook
“No woman could possibly confuse care and cash again after reading about the true price women pay for economic dependence.” Liz Perle, author of Money, a Memoir
“Leslie Bennets delivers an incontrovertible argument for economic self-sufficiency as the fundament of women’s well-being.” Susan Faludi, author of Backlash

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by Ali 9/13/2017
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A must read for EVERY woman!

I truly recommend this audiobook to every woman out there. It gave me the insight into so many women's lives and how important it is to be financially independent. And it's not so much about the money, as is about having a job/career that fulfills your life in so many ways. Staying at home with children sound like an idlic lifestyle, but it can go terribly wrong and so many women choose not to calculate the risks they're taking by leaving their work and only take care of the family.

I will let all my girlfriends know about this book for sure!

Author

Author Bio: Leslie Bennetts

Author Bio: Leslie Bennetts

Leslie Bennetts is the author of the national bestseller The Feminine Mistake and Last Girl before Freeway. A longtime Vanity Fair writer and a former New York Times reporter, she was the first woman ever to cover a presidential campaign at the New York Times. She has also written for many other magazines, including the Nation, New York, and Vogue.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 6.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English