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“Even after decades of tremendous progress for women, Congresswoman Maloney forcefully makes clear how far we have to go to end gender inequities and improve women's lives. Her guide to how women and like-minded men can make that journey is both practical and inspiring.” Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives
“Carolyn Maloney has given us a factual, lively, life-saving book full of reasons why American women are told we're already equal--when we're anything but. If you have time for only one book to save your sanity, advance women's equality, and connect your life to politics in this election year, Rumors of Our Progress Have Been Greatly Exaggerated is definitely it.” Gloria Steinem, American feminist icon, journalist, and women's rights advocate
“Back in the '70s and '80s, we thought we had won the 'war' for women's equality. Now we know we just established a beachhead and every day there are folks undermining it. Congresswoman Maloney's book is a MUST read. Our struggle for equality needs to be reenergized and this is the reenergizer handbook!” Pat Schroeder
If you think that the glass ceiling has been shattered, that violence against women is under control, and that gender equality has been nearly achieved...think again. United States congresswoman Carolyn Maloney marshals impressive documentation to demonstrate that American women have not achieved the gains that they most covet. Indeed, she argues that progress for progress have been stalled, even reversed, by "family values" advocates who yearn for the days of stay-at-home moms and compliant wives. A searing look at a lost revolution.
Rep. Maloney, a U.S. congresswoman from New York since 1992, has spent her career fighting for women's rights. Though women are now an accepted and unremarkable part of the workforce, Maloney documents some surprisingly grim realities, among them: the gap between men and women's wages is still widening, working mothers are still penalized for dealing with family obligations, and affordable quality child care is in short supply nationwide. Health care issues, life-work balance issues and equality issues, Maloney reports, are only getting more difficult for women, with real quality-of-life results: studies show a "growing 'happiness gap,'" as "women have become less satisfied with their lives over the past 30 years." "Take Action Guides" punctuate the (largely) bad news, offering concrete steps to create "A Workplace that Works for Families" ("Demand what you're worth," "Urge your congresspeople to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act"), and help push back against community and domestic violence ("Educate yourself and others about how to prevent rape," support activist and treatment organizations like RAINN and H-E-A-R-T). Though she admits that "documenting the stark reality... is much easier than abolishing it," this comprehensive look at the contemporary American woman is an important and impassioned report, especially eye-opening for those who insist the fight for women's equality is already won.
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