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Cardozo, Arlene.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum, [1986]

Physical Description:
xviii, 330 pages ; 22 cm
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HQ759 .C286 1986 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

In response to women's growing disillusionment with the feminist promise that women really can ``have it all,'' Cardozo has written an insightful guide on why the promise can't be kept, especially for women with infants and preschool children. According to the author, many of modern feminism's founders (e.g., Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan) came into the movement either childless or with grown children, thus losing sight of the complications that prevent young mothers from having and enjoying motherhood and career simultaneously. To solve the ``superwoman'' dilemma, Cardozo proposes that women ``sequence'' devote full time to a career before children arrive, stay home full time with young children, then integrate a career back into their lives in a way that ``complements rather than conflicts with one's other priorities.'' Although sequencing is not for everyone, Cardozo persuasively presents a viable and innovative option for women seeking balance in their lives. Useful bibliography but no index. MB. 306.8'743 Motherhood U.S. / Mothers Employment U.S. / Motherhood U.S. Psychological aspects / Mother and child U.S. [OCLC] 86-47663

Library Journal Review

Cardozo makes a convincing case for a life plan for todays's young woman that allows her to manage both career and family. Timing is the key, and the requirement is a husband who works full time at a job adequate for family needs. In ``sequencing'' the well-established career is followed by a period of years of home-based mothering, with a subsequent return to career. Planning for career reemphasis is an important factor in the author's program and perhaps its most valuable contribution. Unlike Deborah Fallows in A Mother's Work ( LJ 10/1/85), Cardozo recognizes the many forces attracting young mothers to the workplace and has a better understanding of economic realities. Even though sequencing is an option not available to all, the book deserves attention. Hilma F. Cooper, Cheltenham Twp. Libs., Pa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.