Friday, July 2, 2010

When Everything Changed

When Everything Changed by Gail Collins
Little, Brown and Company, 2009
405 pages

Source: Library

Summary: It's basically in the subtitle-the journey of American women from 1960 to the present.

Thoughts: This book is written exactly the way I like my non-fiction-very conversational with many short sections so that I can read a page or two in between stuff. It begins with an anecdote about a woman thrown out of traffic court for wearing slacks in the 1960s and relates many other stories about the women's movement, the backlash, and how far we've come/highlighting how far there still is to go. Particularly scary to me was the lack of assistance given to families who need help with childcare. I was in daycare for the first ten years of my life and my parents must have paid a fortune for it!

Overall: 4.5/5. While women have made tremendous progress, there is still room for improvement in balancing family and work and societal expectations of gender.

Cover: I love seeing Hillary and Michelle on the cover!

1 comment:

  1. This seems to be a great book. I'm not a feminist, but as a woman I am interested in the history of women, how women have come so far. Thanks for sharing this, I should really put this on my TBR list. Oh, Hillary is definitely a great proof that women can do anything.;)


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