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What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us

Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman

Danielle Crittenden

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Talk to women under forty today, and you will hear that in spite of the fact that they have achieved goals previous generations of women could only dream of, they nonetheless feel more confused and insecure than ever. What has gone wrong? What can be done to set it right?
These are the questions Danielle Crittenden answers in What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us. She examines the foremost issues in women's lives -- sex, marriage, motherhood, work, aging, and politics -- and argues that a generation of women has been misled: taught to blame men and pursue independence at all costs. Happiness is obtainable, Crittenden says, but only if women will free their minds from outdated feminist attitudes.
By drawing on her own experience and a decade of research and analysis of modern female life, Crittenden passionately and engagingly tackles the myths that keep women from realizing the happiness they deserve. And she introduces a new way of thinking about society's problems that may, at long last, help women achieve the lives they desire.


Praise For What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us: Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman

Meredith Maran author of What It's Like to Live Now They're all here -- the modern woman's hot buttons: love, marriage, motherhood, aging, and yes, sex....[This] thoughtful analysis will achieve its purpose: to make every one of us think.

George Will The Washington Post [A] deeply humane book, two copies of which should be given as wedding presents to every couple....

Suzanne Fields Los Angeles Times Syndicate Wonderful and witty.

Camille Paglia Salon.com A thoughtful critic of current mores.

Mary Leonard The Boston Globe Crittenden aims her appeal at twenty-somethings who take women's rights for granted but are not sure their stressed-out working mothers were right when they said they could have it all. Crittenden...[tells] women they can embrace more traditional values, find contentment and even have some fun without donning a dowdy housedress and becoming June Cleaver.

Simon & Schuster, 9780684859590, 208pp.

Publication Date: March 7, 2000



About the Author

Danielle Crittenden has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Ladies' Home Journal, among other publications. She is the founder of The Women's Quarterly, published by the Independent Women's Forum. She has appeared on NBC's Today show and is a frequent commentator on many national television and radio programs. She lives with her husband and two children in Washington, D.C.