On Women Turning 30: Making Choices, Finding Meaning

On Women Turning 30: Making Choices, Finding Meaning

by Cathleen Rountree

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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.

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)

About 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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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.

seventeen left her paralyzed from the waist down is. Patricia Buttenheim and Ann Snoeyenbos, a nurse and reference librarian, respectively, from Manhattan, are ultra athletes who competed in the Double Ironman race (that's 4.8 miles of swimming, 224 miles of biking, and 52.4 miles of running-and these are consecutive events. The women's record, set in 1994, is 22 hours, 7 minutes.).

Table of Contents


Susana Herrera.

Nell Newman.

Susie Bright.

Lisa Leeman.

Francesca Ferrentelli.

Monica Praba.

Ikazo Pilar..

Elisabeth Targ.

Charlene Wolf.

Terry Schneider.

Kamala Deosaransingh.

Katherine Spilde.

Mima Lecocq.

Randi Gray Kristensen.

Kate Noonan.

The Author.

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