hillary carey

Oakland, CA, United States
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  • The Feminine Mistake

  • By: Leslie Bennetts
  • Narrated by: Leslie Bennetts
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

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.

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  • couldn't get into it.

  • By diana prince on 09-21-15

Why didn't anyone tell me this before?

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Reviewed: 12-02-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Feminine Mistake to be better than the print version?

No, it is the information, not necessarily the performance that is so rich and helpful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is a non-fiction book, but the author uses the stories of many women to illustrate her points.

What about Leslie Bennetts’s performance did you like?

She delivers her advice in an empathic way and often connects the examples to her own experience as a working mother. Also, because she herself interviewed the many women quoted in the book, she can deliver their stories in an authentic way.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Why didn't anyone tell me what a mistake I was making?

Any additional comments?

This book shines a light on the downside of the "Return to the Home" movement and explains why women should be more cautious before happily walking away from work to raise children full time. It's very helpful, and has changed my attitude toward working mothers.