We Are Our Mothers' Daughters: Revised and Expanded Edition
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In this revised and expanded tenth-anniversary edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller, renowned political commentator Cokie Roberts once again examines the nature of women's roles through the revealing lens of her personal experience. From mother to mechanic, sister to soldier, Roberts reveals how much progress has been made—and how much further we have to go. A superb collection of profiles and essays, We Are Our Mothers' Daughters offers tremendous insight into the opportunities and challenges that women encounter today as Roberts reflects upon the number of female achievers who have graced the public stage in the past decade, and focuses on the question, "What next?"
what the women’s vote is and what it is not. It is not a vote based on abortion or other so-called women’s issues. All of our polling tells us that men and women vote exactly the same on those questions. The women’s vote is an economic vote. Women not only make less money than men, they are also much more likely to be the beneficiaries of government programs or the caretakers of beneficiaries. That’s particularly true of Social Security and Medicare (we wish men lived as long as we do, but they
told George Parker, the union president, I said, ‘If everybody wants to stay on red, that’s fine. I mean, we just want to give the choice.’” But far from seeing her as a hero, the teacher’s union has cast Michelle Rhee as the villain. It’s impossible to know where teachers really stand, because the union has never scheduled a vote on the proposed contract, but in a survey of members by a highly reputable polling firm teachers rejected the idea of money in exchange for job security by an almost
have the house, the family, the car, or whatever it is that you want to be.” It’s the oldest of messages from American parents to their children. But somewhere along the way it got lost in the welfare system. The connection somehow got severed. No one believed it was possible, that the old “Go to school, work hard, and you will succeed” adage applied to them. Eva Oliver has done her best to bring it back, both for her own kids and for the dozens of women she counseled and cared for. “It’s just
Still, change is never easy, particularly the fundamental change in roles that occurred in our marriage. After all, it went from me being the good New York Times wife to me being a fairly visible person because of my own accomplishments. When strangers started to recognize me, it was always uncomfortable for me if my husband was with me. And even at this stage there can be some dicey moments. Though Steven completely supports the work I do for nonprofits and understands why I do it, it does take
the same time and then planned to rent a car for the drive to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, where my aunt had lived. As Barbara started down the escalator to the rent-a-car desk, she heard herself paged. It was my mother, already ensconced at my aunt’s, suggesting we ride a shuttle bus instead of driving; she was worried about us traveling at night. Now we were both in our forties at the time. We had each trekked all over the world and managed to survive without helpful hints from our mother.