complete guide for the working mother

A step in the right direction?

The Complete Guide for the Working Mother
Albrecht
1967

This book is handy for all those women with money, household help, resources, etc. Even for 1967, this book is out of touch. Even though it probably only applies to less than 1% of working mothers, it does assert that household chores are not the sole responsibility of the mother and that parenting is a family responsibility. I think the author is trying hard to talk about some equality and parenting issues, but not quite ready to take it up a notch. Given the 1967 publication date, that is hardly surprising.

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Working Parents

Submitter: I found the following advise book in my local public library, giving out parenting and career advise from 1979. Probably a great choice for 1979 since many women were going back, or staying in the workforce. 2015? I don’t think so.

Holly: The statistics cited in the introduction date this book right from the start. I like the page on role-sharing and household responsibilities [p.62, below], and I’m sure there some other nuggets of good information here. The rest, like the list of examples of quality television for children, are just outdated. Not a bad book, just not current enough to warrant keeping. Weed and update!

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But who will do the cooking and cleaning?

The Two Career Couple
Hall
1979

Submitter: The opening prologue to this books states “Used-car dealers are shady. Librarians are quiet and a bit boring.” Thanks for the compliment and associating us with lemon dealers. This book would have been a great choice for a library when it was first published. That was 1979. 35 years later, it’s time to find something a little more up to date.

Holly: It kills me that they were worried about how they’ll keep the house clean and the potential for affairs as women started to work. It also kills me that some women feel a need to justify NOT working these days. What a change in attitudes!