The Feminine Mistake

  • by Leslie Bennetts
  • Narrated by Leslie Bennetts
  • 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Women are constantly being told that it's simply too difficult to balance work and family, so if they don't really "have to" work, it's better for their families if they stay home. Not only is this untrue, Leslie Bennetts says, but the arguments in favor of stay-at-home motherhood fail to consider the surprising benefits of work and the unexpected toll of giving it up. It's time, she says, to get the message across: combining work and family really is the best choice for most women, and it's eminently doable. Bennetts raised two children while earning a living, and she understands the challenges and the rewards firsthand. She and millions of other working women provide ample proof that there are many different ways to have kids, maintain a challenging career, and have a richly rewarding life as a result. When women sacrifice their financial autonomy by quitting their jobs, they become vulnerable to divorce as well as the potential illness, death, or unemployment of their breadwinner husbands. The truth is that when women gamble on dependency, most eventually end up on the wrong side of the odds.
Not since Betty Friedan has anyone offered such an eye-opening and persuasive argument for why women can and should embrace the joyously complex lives they deserve.


What the Critics Say

"Impressive research and interviews with experts and with real women." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Quality of the audio book

It was pretty sad that the book was not complete. Following page by page of her physical book, I hear bits and pieces of it in the recording. It is a very good book and worth listening to the whole content of the original, not a short version.
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- Gulia

couldn't get into it.

as a working mom I was interested to read this however I tried and just couldn't get interested in the story
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- diana prince

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2007
  • Publisher: HarperAudio