For Our Daughters: How Outstanding Women Worldwide Have Balanced Home and Career

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This unique social history spans the last half century, when developments in birth control and the education of women have increased opportunities for women to have successful careers. This book investigates how the first generation of modern women faced the challenge of combining marriage and family with professional responsibilities. Olivia Cox-Fill, an Irish journalist and professional filmmaker, interviewed hundreds of prominent women from 10 different countries on three continents before presenting this group portrait of 30 interviews of women leaders, diplomats, award-winning scientists, government ministers, doctors, and industrialists, to name a few of the professions represented. The interviews are set against the backdrop of the social history of women in each country. Their achievements, especially in light of the tenor of their times, and their desire and ability to have rewarding and fulfilling family lives make them inspiring models for later generations of women who may consider it necessary to choose between home and career. The author's international connections with high-ranking diplomats and politicians allow us valuable glimpses into the real world of outstanding women.

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Interviews with 29 women leaders, diplomats, scientists, doctors, and industrialists portrays the first generation of modern women to successfully balance careers and families. Cox-Fill, an Irish journalist, used her international contacts to create this insightful compendium of the world's most outstanding women. Her interviews cover the US, Asia, and Europe, reflecting a variety of attitudes, trends, and experiences. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275951993
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Pages: 308
  • Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

OLIVIA COX-FILL, an independent writer with a background in journalism, medicine, and Chinese literature, has written and presented television series on outstanding women worldwide.

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Table of Contents

United States 3
Anne Armstrong 15
Allison Jackson 22
Maxine Singer 31
Marina Whitman 38
Patricia Kelsh Woolf 46
China 55
Chen Muhua 66
Gong Pu Sheng 72
Qian Zheng Ying 79
Yan Ren Ying 84
Yu Wei 91
India 97
Ramola Bachchan 103
Roda Mistry 110
Japan 117
Sadako Ogata 122
Nobuko Takahashi 129
England 143
Brenda Azario 150
Virginia Bottomley 157
Dame Mary Donaldson 164
Dorothy Hodgkin 171
France 177
Helene Ahrweiler 183
Nicole Le Douarin 190
Simone Veil 196
Germany 203
Hortense von Gelmini 208
Renate Schmidt 215
Ireland 223
Pat Crowley 229
Mary Robinson 234
Italy 243
Margherita Boniver 248
Maria Livia Tosato 254
Sweden 265
Margareta Gabrielson Alderereutz 269
Christina Jutterstrom 273
Bibliography 279
Index 283
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