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On Women Turning 30: Making Choices, Finding Meaning
     

On Women Turning 30: Making Choices, Finding Meaning

by Cathleen Rountree
 

This remarkable book offers revealing glimpses into the lives of 15 spirited women. From artists and writers to educators and scientists, each one candidly shares the choices she has made and the meaning she has found in this complex and exhilarating time of life.

Women in their thirties face a myriad of weighty decisions about career, home, love, marriage, and

Overview

This remarkable book offers revealing glimpses into the lives of 15 spirited women. From artists and writers to educators and scientists, each one candidly shares the choices she has made and the meaning she has found in this complex and exhilarating time of life.

Women in their thirties face a myriad of weighty decisions about career, home, love, marriage, and babies, all compounded by cultural expectations of how women are "supposed" to be. Yet, as these personal stories so eloquently reveal, this is a time in which women can discover their true calling as they learn to trust their intuition, make peace with their past, and actualize their dreams in increasingly meaningful ways. The richly diverse perspectives offered here will inspire every woman in her thirties to claim her gifts, draw from her strengths, and direct her creative energy toward her deepest passions.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This wonderful book completes Cathleen Rountree's fascinating series about the lives, minds, and hearts of women at the turn of the 21st century. Like the other works in this outstanding series, On Women Turning 30 stands as a gift not only to readers today but to generations still to come." (Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade, Sacred Pleasure, and Tomorrow's Children)

"Cathleen Rountree has done it again! Now added to her series of remarkable books on the various decades of a woman's life is On Women Turning 30. This is a must-read for every woman in her thirties as well as for those-men and women-who wish to learn about the weighty decisions and cultural expectations that accompany this dynamic and getting-younger-all-the-time age. Remember when 30 was the beginning of the And for women? Now it's the beginning of the beginning." (Liz Smith, columnist, Newsday)

"Cathleen Rountree's marvelous series on the decades of a woman's life give us all a peek at our future and our past. For me, the thirties seem like only yesterday; for those going into their thirties today, these are the decisive years-marriage, babies, and career. These are the paths that color your lifetime. For the young women of the twenty-first century I can only give one piece of advice: Be decisive-no one has as much time as they think." (Mary Travers of Peter, Paul, & Mary)

Liz Smith
Cathleen Rountree has done it again! Now added to her series of remarkable books on the various decades of a woman's life is On Women Turning 30. This is a must-read for every woman in her thirties as well as for those-men and women-who wish to learn about the weighty decisions and cultural expectations that accompany this dynamic and getting-younger-all-the-time age. Remember when 30 was the beginning of the end for women? Now it's the beginning of the beginning.
Mary Travers
Cathleen Rountree's marvelous series on the decades of a woman's life give us all a peek at our future and our past. For me, the thirties seem like only yesterday; for those going into their thirties today, these are the decisive years-marriage, babies, and career. These are the paths that color your lifetime. For the young women of the twenty-first century I can only give one piece of advice: Be decisive-no one has as much time as they think.
Booknews
Through interviews and b&w photos, the author of a decade series on women celebrates 15 first post-baby boom generation women in their 30s in an era when it is not considered odd for most to be single and childless. A few references are cited in the introduction. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787950361
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/06/2000
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.11(w) x 9.39(h) x 1.00(d)

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Introduction



What I found during the course of interviewing a variety of women in their thirties and writing this book is that the thirties is a highly performance-oriented, pressure-packed decade. It is not a decade of leisure. Women in their thirties are supposed to have put it all together: marriage, children, and, of course, a successful career. It is assumed that they launched their career in their twenties.

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Meet the Author

INTERVIEWS AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY CATHLEEN ROUNTREE is a writer, visual artist and photographer, cultural mythologist, lecturer, educator, and consultant to both aspiring and established writers. She lectures widely and teaches courses in writing, film, art, and women's studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, and Berkeley Extensions. She is the author and photographer of On Women Turning 40, On Women Turning 50, On Women Turning 60, and On Women Turning 70, among other books.

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