WHAT ABOUT WOMEN? by John Henry Cutler


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Based primarily on statistical information, this is an engagingly written, general book about the changing role of the American woman since the turn of the century. To a large extent then the book is devoted to tracing those economic, political and social influences which have resulted in the altered status and characteristics of the American woman and in an altered concept of her very nature. The author discusses the biological and cultural factors affecting the differences in sexual attitudes between men and women and between one generation and the next and he does this very often in anecdotal fashion. This unquestionably makes the book pleasant to read -- in a Readers' Digest kind of way- but it also makes clear that whereas the basic information is sound (though necessarily repetitious) What About Women? is far from a serious study. The author deals with the question of how to educate women, the problem of the gifted girl in our modern technocracy, women in politics and the professions and the psychological implications of increasing leisure- both for men and women. Probably the essential virtue of What About Women? is that it is an orderly, integrated presentation of material many people are already familiar with in one way or another and that it is readable.

Pub Date: April 5th, 1961
Publisher: Ives Washburn