Wonder Women

Wonder Women

Fifty years after the Equal Pay Act, why are women still living in a man's world?

Debora L. Spar never thought of herself as a feminist. Raised after the tumult of the 1960s, she presumed the gender war was over. As one of the youngest female professors to be tenured at Harvard Business School and a mother of three, she swore to young women that they could have it all. "We thought we could just glide into the new era of equality, with babies, board seats, and husbands… (more)

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Though she argues that women would be better off settling for good enough, a concept that the economist Herbert A. Simon called satisficing, it would have been interesting to hear more from her on the paradox of choice and why the expanded buffet of options has not necessarily made women happier.

The fundamental human desire to adhere to social expectations, many of which Spar outlines so beautifully in this book, is such a powerful and self-perpetuating idea that the practical suggestions, as grounded in empathy and experience as they are, could be kind of useless for many of these women, or for anyone with or without kids or a huge job.

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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 17, 2013)

Collection: Sarah Crichton Books

Language: English

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