Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection

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  • Fifty years after the Equal Pay Act, why are women still living in a man's world?

    Debora L. Spar never thought of herself as a feminist. Raised after the tumult of the 1960s, she presumed the gender war
    was over. As one of the youngest female professors to be tenured at Harvard Business School and a mother of three, she
    swore to young women that they could have it all. "We thought we could just glide into the new era of equality, with
    babies, board seats, and husbands in tow," she writes. "We were wrong."

    Now she is the president of Barnard College, arguably the most important all-women's college in the United States. And
    in Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection―a fresh, wise, original book― she asks why, a half century
    after the publication of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, do women still feel stuck.

    In this groundbreaking and compulsively readable book, Spar explores how American women's lives have―and have
    not―changed over the past fifty years. Armed with reams of new research, she details how women struggled for power and
    instead got stuck in an endless quest for perfection. The challenges confronting women are more complex than ever, and
    they are challenges that come inherently and inevitably from being female. Spar is acutely aware that it's time to
    change course.

    Both deeply personal and statistically rich, Wonder Women is Spar's story and the story of our culture. It is cultural
    history at its best, and a road map for the future.


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