"Let's start by recognizing that the women's movement never told anybody that they could 'have it all.' That concept was the brainchild of advertising executives, not feminist activists. Feminism insists on women's right to make choices -- about whether to marry, whether to have children, whether to combine work and family or to focus on one over the other." - Stephanie Coontz
1950's & 1960's -- "You can’t just stroll through the past, picking what you like and skipping what you don’t, as if eras were menus, and you pick one from column A and one from column B... Whether someone would want to return to a particular time depends on socioeconomic class, age, sex, race and health... " Stephanie Coontz on poignant stories about the discrimination readers lived through as blacks, women, gay people - while it was much easier for working-class fathers to support a…
Published on Jan 22, 2013 To celebrate the 50th anniversary edition of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, Stephanie Coontz, author of A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s, discusses the impact of Friedan's work. To learn more about the book, now with an introduction by Gail Collins and an afterword by Anna Quindlen, click here: http://books.wwnorton.com/books/the-feminine-mystique/
Stephanie Coontz: Gender gaps by PopTech. Stephanie Coontz, an historian of the family, discusses how globalization has brought more women into the paid work force, giving them some ownership over their productive labor. Coontz urges us to redefine our notions of gender equality within this framework of labor, arguing that every worker has a right to a family life.