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The Changing Lives of American Women

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Using a life-course perspective, this study spans the social history of American women from preindustrial times to the present, with emphasis on the last five decades. The authors examine the timing, duration, and sequencing of events common to the life of American women over succeeding generations. The recent rise in the primacy of the individual woman provides the authors with a central theme for integrating the data on long-term marital, ...

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Overview

Using a life-course perspective, this study spans the social history of American women from preindustrial times to the present, with emphasis on the last five decades. The authors examine the timing, duration, and sequencing of events common to the life of American women over succeeding generations. The recent rise in the primacy of the individual woman provides the authors with a central theme for integrating the data on long-term marital, childbearing, educational, and employment patterns.

Originally published in 1988.

A UNC Press Enduring Edition — UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.

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This quantitative study of women belonging to the baby boom generation, their mothers and their daughters, offers abundant data documenting changes in employment, education, marriage, and family patterns and attitudes. The researchers find that new behaviors preceded rather than followed changes in attitude, and they conclude that the transitions are essentially complete: Men and women are now more alike than different in their life course expectations and activity. While comparing women across age and racial lines, the analysts neglect class. Nevertheless, scholars will still find this a valuable resource. Recommended for academic and research libraries. Cynthia Harrison, Federal Judicial Ctr., Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807842379
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/1988
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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