When Mothers Work

Joan K. Peters, Author, Donada Peters, Author Perseus Books Group $24 (272p) ISBN 978-0-201-12794-2
With this thought-provoking, tough-minded book, Peters, coauthor of Love, Honor, Negotiate, forcefully enters the polarized fray surrounding the topic of working mothers. She argues persuasively that ""mothers should work outside the home. If they do not, they cannot preserve their identities or raise children to have both independent and family lives."" But doing so requires a sea-change on the parts of fathers, who need to be more involved in child care, and American business, which needs to loosen its expectation of overlong hours. Mothers, too, need to change. Pointing out that there are more choices available than only the ""devoted mother"" or ""cold careerist"" modes, Peters suggests that mothers ""relinquish some of their personal responsibility for nurturing the young and demand that others--fathers, extended family, caregivers, the American workplace, and the government--take on more."" Weaving in recent research on the American family, Peters presents twelve families (including a gay couple and two single mothers) who display a variety of parenting attitudes and work/family juggling techniques. While her arguments may not change the minds of hardcore traditionalists who believe children are best raised by stay-at-home moms, Peters's well-supported stand on this emotionally charged issue demands thoughtful consideration. Author tour. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 12/30/1996
Release date: 01/01/1997
Show other formats
FORMATS
Paperback - 272 pages - 978-0-7382-0028-6
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.