Housewife: Why Women Still Do It All and What to Do Instead

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Legacy Lit
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5.67 X 8.43 X 1.26 inches | 1.01 pounds

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About the Author

Lisa Selin Davis is a critically-acclaimed essayist and journalist whose work has appeared in major publications, include the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Time, The Free Press, and many others. She is the author of Tomboy, as well as two novels. She lives in New York City with her family.

"Housewife is a deeply researched, passionately-argued pro-choice book--for women's work. Davis entertainingly looks beneath the hood of housewifery and finds all kinds of surprises: Paleolithic huntresses; radical working class housewives accosting men with sausages (really!); the exploited labor of the First Lady; and 'tradwives, ' reinventing a 'tradition' that was actually an anomaly. Her quest: to figure out how women and mothers can choose the life they want, and how society needs to shift to make that happen."--Peggy Orenstein, New York Times bestselling author of Girls & Sex
"In Housewife, Lisa Selin Davis masterfully dismantles the myths, stereotypes, and misconceptions associated with a term that so many of us use but so few of us truly understand. Through compelling research and engaging narrative, she underscores the extent to which women through history have been oppressed, undervalued, and degraded, and how the remnants of what we might think of as long forgotten societal norms and mores continue to reverberate and shape so much--from our economies to our identities and beyond. A deeply insightful and educational--but also witty and fast-paced--book that provides a profoundly important perspective on women, the labor market, and where things have gone terribly awry."--Josie Cox, author of Women Money Power
"In this involving, broad-spectrum, cheerfully impertinent book, Lisa Selin Davis investigates one of the most vexed and contradictory figures to persist in the American imagination: The housewife. Part cultural history and part cri de coeur, Davis shows, through dozens of examples, that the housewife, no matter what form she assumes (sequined backbiter, aproned hearth sweeper, even smiling First Lady) always seems to get the short end of the mop. Only through a combination of system-wide and individual commitments to change will it ever be otherwise."--Jennifer Senior, New York Times bestselling author of All Joy and No Fun
"A passionate call for societal support for mothers... A cogent sociological analysis."--Kirkus
"Davis unearths the historical origins of the housewife and waxes philosophical about modern-day motherhood. Housewife provides both vindication and comfort for women tired of doing it all."--Booklist