Young Women with Feminist Mothers Talk About Their Lives
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 A pastiche of interviews with daughters of women who struggled individually and collectively as part of the women's movement of the 60's and 70's. Although Glickman (Russian Factory Women, 1984--not reviewed) raises many women's issues here--sex, politics, racism, and class prejudice among them--her work may be lost in the shadow of Mother Daughter Revolution, by Elizabeth Debold et al. (reviewed above). Glickman sought out 50 women in San Francisco, New York, and Chicago to find out how their mothers' commitments to feminism had affected their lives. The cross-section of daughters included women from conventional families and mother-only families; African- Americans, Hispanics, and non-Hispanic whites; lesbians; and married-women-with-children. What the author found was both gratifying and disturbing from the feminist point of view: Most daughters admire their mothers' struggles and appreciate the benefits passed on to them--but they don't want to repeat the battles and would rather write checks to feminist causes than organize ``movement'' groups. Daughters have learned from their mothers that economic self-sufficiency is mandatory, but also that careers that ``make a difference'' are more important than big bucks: Though many approach their lives and work with a social conscience, concern for the environment is likely to override the advancing of a feminist cause. Some women even shy away from calling themselves feminists, and, although they resent the so- called ``fake feminism''--TV ads and sitcoms that show women juggling career, marriage, and mothering without a wrinkle in their silk blouses--they're too distracted by daily demands to find remedies to it. Unfortunately, Glickman doesn't help much. Despite a few provocative insights about the differences between privileged white feminists and African-American and Hispanic feminists, she's chosen to ignore any discussion of the mother-daughter relationship, surely critical in passing along a women's agenda. Bland conversations informed largely by the author's profeminist bias.

Pub Date: Oct. 12th, 1993
ISBN: 0-312-09778-6
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1993


NonfictionTHE FEMINIST UTOPIA PROJECT by Alexandra Brodsky
by Alexandra Brodsky