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The New Wife: The Evolving Role of the American Wife based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I believe that Susan Shapiro Barash is absolutely correct when she describes how it has been in America for the past five decades for wives. Although the role keeps changing, there are many aspects to it that also remain the same. I think it is interesting that she sees a parallel with the young wives of today and the fifties wives, in the sense that these women do not feel pressured to work. The difference is that the young wife today is educated and can have many career opportunities. Yet she likes the idea of having choices (to stay home or to go to work) and of a husband as provider. This kind of honesty, and this new swing backwards, sort of, with a twist, has not been discussed before. I also appreciate the way that the wives thought per decade, since each chapter is a different decade, beginning with the sixties. Barash refers to films of the times, famous women, such as Jackie Kennedy for a sixties wife, Princess Di as an eighties wife, as examples. The real life stories of women work well for me, and gives a sense that the goal of being a wife won't end in the twenty-first century. One also feels less alone when reading this book, as if the complicated role of being a wife is universal. I highly recommend this, it is informative and a pleasure to read.