The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family

The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family

by Madeleine Kunin

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Overview

Feminists opened up thousands of doors in the 1960s and 1970s, but decades later, are U.S. women where they thought they'd be? The answer, it turns out, is a resounding no. Surely there have been gains. Women now comprise nearly 60 percent of college undergraduates and half of all medical and law students. They have entered the workforce in record numbers, making the two-wage-earner family the norm. But combining a career and family turned out to be more complicated than expected. While women changed, social structures surrounding work and family remained static. Affordable and high-quality child care, paid family leave, and equal pay for equal work remain elusive for the vast majority of working women. In fact, the nation has fallen far behind other parts of the world on the gender-equity front. We lag behind more than seventy countries when it comes to the percentage of women holding elected federal offices. Only 17 percent of corporate boards include women members. And just 5 percent of Fortune 500 companies are led by women.

It's time, says Madeleine M. Kunin, to change all that. Looking back over five decades of advocacy, she analyzes where progress stalled, looks at the successes of other countries, and charts the course for the next feminist revolution--one that mobilizes women, and men, to call for the kind of government and workplace policies that can improve the lives of women and strengthen their families.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603583688
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 04/23/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 655,211
File size: 827 KB

About the Author

Madeleine M. Kunin was the first woman governor of Vermont, and served as the Deputy Secretary of education and Ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton. She is the author of Living a Political Life (1995) Pearls, Politics, and Power (2008)and The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family (2012). She is currently a Marsh Scholar Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont where she lectures on history and women's studies. She also serves as president of the board of the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), a nongovernmental organization that she founded in 1991. She lives in Burlington, Vermont.

Table of Contents

1. Time for a new revolution
2. Back to the family, after all
3. What can we learn from the rest of the world?
4. What can we learn from similar nations: England, Australia, and Canada?
5. American exceptionalism, political divisions, and the states
6. Win/win: workplace flexibility
7. The early years: child care and early education
8. New family portraits
9. How women leaders make a difference
10. What women need to create equal opportunities in the workplace
11. Building a coalition
12. Child poverty
13. How do we win?

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